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Tamsin Bradley examines the interfaces among faith, gender, anthropology and social improvement and specializes in the operation of grass roots Non-Governmental corporations. She argues that those organisations have to undertake a brand new method in the event that they are to extend potency. this can be made transparent in a chain of ethnographic case stories documenting the stories of 3 Rajasthani village girls.

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This change in philosophical perspective allows human beings to be defined by their own agency. The possibility for transformation is also a crucial feature; as each subject interacts with others, change is expected to happen within each party (intersubjectivity). 9 Habermas thus replaces Foucault’s notion of a self-contained 9 CHALLENGING THE NGOs subject with an understanding of social relations as a series of constantly mediated communicative exchanges between a Self and an other. The other is not an object (Other) but an irreducible subject (other).

A woman may voice an ironic critique of a cultural practice while at the same time embracing that practice and much that it implies to uphold her own honour and that of her family’ (Raheja and Gold 1994: xxiii). Raheja began to focus on articulations of resistance. After completing the genealogy of the village, she noted several elements that did not tie together. For example, there was inconsistency in veiling and the calling of different names. ‘Women were consistently redefining patrilineal relationships in their husbands’ village and gaining allies for themselves in the process.

Listening is a complex process. In trying to understand it more fully the work of the psychotherapist Rogers (1967) is useful. According to Rogers the ‘listener’ must receive what is being given to them by the ‘listened to’ from a place of ‘unconditioned positive regard’. Unconditioned positive regard (UPR) is a term used in person-centred counselling to denote an attitude unconstrained by prior judgement or value-laden interpretations, a ‘positive affective attitude’. Rogers first formulated UPR in the 1960s.

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