October 2009 Archives

Caste, Ambedkar, and Contemporary India - Online Exhibit

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If you are interested in Dalits, Caste, or Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, this online exhibit is worth a look:

Caste, Ambedkar, and Contemporary India (works best in Firefox)

Bindu Bhatt, Librarian for South Asia at Columbia University created this exhibit to complement the conference, "Caste and Contemporary India," which took place on October 16th and 17th, 2009, at Columbia University in honor of alumnus Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

Microcredit

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Microcredit has been accepted uncritically as a way to bring people out of poverty. Two new books from Bangladesh, home of Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, challenge this rosy view:

Badruddin Umar. 2007. Poverty trade of Dr. Yunus. Dhaka: Shrabon Prokashani.
Ames Library HG3290.6.A8 G727528 2007

Chowdhury, Farooque (ed.). 2007. Micro credit, myth manufactured: unveiling appropriation of surplus value and an icon. Dhaka: Shrabon Prokashani.
Ames Library HG178.33.B3 M53 2007

The Right to Research

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In the current system of scholarly publication, producers of knowledge give it away for free to publishers who, in turn, monopolize that knowledge in order to convert it to a commodity ("intellectual property") and sell access to it. Students can be the biggest losers in this system. If producers of knowledge (mostly funded by our tax dollars) are giving it away for free, why shouldn't we all be able to freely access it? One student initiative to end the commodification of knowledge is The Right to Research Coalition. Please check out their website and consider joining the movement for open access:

The Right to Research Coalition

Who owns the knowledge you produce? Who can access it?

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The producers of knowledge often give up the rights to that knowledge in the process of publication. Commercial publishers consider knowledge to be "intellectual property" and maximize their own profits by limiting access and use of that knowledge to those who can pay (often through the nose). This monopolization and restricted dissemination of knowledge benefits neither the scholars who produce it nor society as a whole. We can no longer afford the luxury of a system whose benefits flow disproportionately to the publishing industry.

At the U of MN, the University Libraries are the lead unit in fostering conversations and sharing information about how we can exert our influence as authors, editors, reviewers, and members of universities and scholarly societies to support positive publishing practices that expand the reach and impact of research. Please read and act on the ideas you can find on the website for Transforming Scholarly Communication

New readings on Indian Culture and Society

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We just received a new 4-volume set of readings that could be an excellent resource for teaching and learning. It brings together work by many of the best scholars writing on contemporary India:


You can download additional information and tables of contents here:

* More about Modern Indian Culture and Society PDF (0.98 MB)

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - October 2009

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Below is a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in September 2009.

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