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In chapter eight, Shankar positions the struggles of the NGO fieldworkers within a broader set of questions regarding land dispossession in South Karnataka and in the areas surrounding Banagalore city more specifically. Shankar shows tha,t in the wake of loss of agricultural land, the education NGO is imagined as a site for economic mobility. However, racialized assumptions regarding those who come from traditional agricultural occupations follow and constrain fieldworkers as they seek to negotiate their positions within the NGO.

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