• Jörg Nowak
Part of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy book series (PEPP)


Mass strikes in the wake of the global crisis in the late 2000s came with new forms of popular organisation. An analysis of those emerging rebellions has to engage in a thick description, taking into account the local and regional contexts.


Eurocentrism Popular organisation Subalternity 



My thanks go to all the people I met while doing fieldwork which was a fantastic experience. It is impossible to name everybody who contributed but in order to just name a few people I want to mention in India Fabio Olivieri, Susana Barria, Marco, Kiran, Anshita, Nayan, Shyambir, Sheena Jain, Sher Singh, Carsten Krinn, Sanober Keshwaar, Vaishali Sareen, Vishnu, Sharit Bhowmik, Badam, Nikhil and N. Vasudevan; in Brazil Pedro, Adriano, Junior and Socorro in Fortaleza, David in Caucaia, Fred Melo, Rodrigo Linhares, Ana Paula Melli, Roberto Véras, Andreia Galvão, Cauê Campos, Ze Goutinho, Sergio Corrêa and Luzia. During the production of the book, Alexander Gallas, Toby Carroll, Frido Wenten, Huang Yu, Ralf Ruckus and Andreas Bieler were careful readers. Thanks for transcriptions of interviews go to Taiane Linhares, Hitesh Samdani, Shilpa Dahake, Harshad Subhash and Nupur Kulkarni. Special thanks go to Michael Roberts in helping out with graphic issues, and to Edel Moraes for working on the maps in this book.

Invitations to talks at the Center for the Study of Social and Global Justice and the Institute of Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham ended up in inspiring debates during the process of writing and I want to thank Katharine Adeney and Andreas Bieler to provide opportunities to present my work there. Special thanks go to Andreas Bieler who assisted almost every step of the creation of this book. Another great big thank you goes to the persons who shared their time with me while I wrote the bigger part of this book in Nottingham: Diego Mariano, Kristiyan Peev, Marco Genovesi, Alex Serafimov, Kayhan Valadbaygi, Jon Mansell, Jokubas Salyga, Carol Spary, Katharine Adeney, Tony Burns, Cecilia Goria and Chun-Yi Lee.

I want to thank the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Nottingham for crucial administrative support, primarily Wyn Rees, Ruth Davison, Rosemary McCabe and Graeme Docherty.

The editors of the series Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy—Toby Carroll, Paul Cammack, Kelly Gerard and Darryl Jarvis—had an enormously important role to facilitate the publication of this book.

Many thanks go to the team of Palgrave Macmillan, especially Jemima Warren and Oliver Foster, for their cooperation and careful editing. Oliver Foster did a wonderful job in realising my unorthodox idea for the book cover, and Ekrem Ekici, Toby Carroll and Timm Ebner provided invaluable advice for the cover design.

The most special thanks go to Edel Moraes who accompanied the major part of my writing process while finishing her own academic work. She was and is a wonderful companion and partner and supported me throughout all the ups and downs of writing.

Initial research in India and Brazil was facilitated by a postdoctoral scholarship of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in cooperation with Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and a research scholarship of the International Center Development and Decent Work at University of Kassel, and I am thankful to Christoph Scherrer, Birgit Felmeden and Indira Gartenberg in this context for crucial assistance and support.

Finally, it was due to a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship of the European Commission for the project “Strikes and Social Movements in Brazil and India” that I was able to undertake the research for this project and to complete this book.


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  1. 1.School of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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