An award controversy
in An ethnography of NGO practice in India
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This chapter documents the story of the Aga Khan Award saga, a controversy around an architecture award that enveloped the Barefoot College in the early years of the new millennium and which concerned claims of authorship for the building of its new campus. Light is thrown on the complex relations that evolve over time between various stakeholders and networks, the theory of ‘translation’, the role and agency of objects, documents, websites, written and verbal testaments, and the built project itself, as well as ways in which the College’s interpretive constructions, concealments, silences and mobilisations helped it to overcome rival knowledge systems and narratives of process.

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