Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Associate Professor - Department of Social Anthropology
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Academic interests

I work on social movements in contemporary India, with a particular focus on land and environmental questions. At the moment I am particularly interested in how popular movements and activists mobilize the language and institutions of law in struggles over land and nature. My research interests also include Indian politics in general, as well as the political economy of development. With Arve Hansen I coordinate Asianettverket, the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies.

Teaching

I have taught at various places at the University of Oslo for over a decade. In the fall of 2019 I teach only Norwegian language courses at the Department of Social Anthropology. Please consult my Norwegian site for details.

Background

I have an MA in anthropology from the University of Copenhagen (2005) and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oslo (2014). I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment from 2006 to 2014, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Sociology at the University of Bergen from 2014 to 2017, and Associate Professor at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo from 2017 to 2019. I have also been a part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) during 2017. I have worked as an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology since 2019.

Tags: Social Movements, Political Economy, political culture, Law, India, Development

Publications

  • Jakobsen, Jostein; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Nilsen, Alf Gunvald & Vaidya, Anand (2019). Mapping the World’s Largest Democracy (1947–2017). Forum for Development Studies.  ISSN 0803-9410.  46(1), s 83- 108 . doi: 10.1080/08039410.2018.1465461 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Orchestrating Anti-Dispossession Politics: Caste and Movement Leadership in Rural West Bengal. Journal of Contemporary Asia.  ISSN 0047-2336. . doi: 10.1080/00472336.2019.1608285
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Nilsen, Alf Gunvald & Vaidya, Anand (2019). Indian Democracy and Its Prospects: 2019 and Beyond, In Alf Gunvald Nilsen; Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Anand Vaidya (ed.),  Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations.  Pluto Press.  ISBN 9780745338927.  Conclusion.  s 170 - 177
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Nilsen, Alf Gunvald & Vaidya, Anand (2019). Trajectories and Crossroads: Indian Democracy at 70, In Alf Gunvald Nilsen; Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Anand Vaidya (ed.),  Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations.  Pluto Press.  ISBN 9780745338927.  Introduction.  s 1 - 12
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2018). Political Dynasticism: Networks, Trust, Risk. Studies in Indian Politics.  ISSN 2321-0230.  6(2), s 157- 167 . doi: 10.1177/2321023018797407
  • Hansen, Arve & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2017). Wheels of change: cars, automobility and development in Asia, In Arve Hansen & Kenneth Bo Nielsen (ed.),  Cars, Automobility and Development in Asia: Wheels of Change.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138930704.  Chapter 1.  s 3 - 14
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2017). Unclean Slates: Greenfield Development, Land Dispossession, and EIA Struggles in Goa. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.  ISSN 0085-6401.  40(4), s 844- 861 . doi: 10.1080/00856401.2017.1370185 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Bedi, Heather P. (2017). The Regional Identity Politics of India’s New Land Wars: Land, Food, and Popular Mobilisation in Goa and West Bengal. Environment and planning A.  ISSN 0308-518X.  49(10), s 2324- 2341 . doi: 10.1177/0308518X17719884 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Bedi, Heather P. & Da Silva, Solano Jose Savio (2017). Enabling the Great Goan Land Grab. Economic and Political Weekly.  ISSN 0012-9976.  52(41)
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Da Silva, Solano Jose Savio (2017). Golden or Green? Growth Infrastructures and Resistance in Goa, In Tereza Kuldova & Mathew Akkanad Varghese (ed.),  Urban Utopias: Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal South Asia.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-47622-3.  4.  s 53 - 74
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Majumder, Sarasij (2017). ‘Should the Son of a Farmer Always Remain a Farmer?’ The Ambivalence of Industrialisation and Resistance in West Bengal, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Patrik Oskarsson (ed.),  Industrialising Rural India: Land, policy and resistance.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138936713.  4.  s 63 - 82
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Nilsen, Alf Gunvald (2017). Law-Struggles, Law-Making and the Politics of Hegemony in Neoliberal India: Towards a Critical Perspective on the 2013 Land Acquisition Act, In Anthony P D'Costa & Achin Chakraborty (ed.),  The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780198792444.  Kapittel 5.  s 129 - 150
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Oskarsson, Patrik (2017). Industrialising Rural India: Land, Policy and Resistance, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Patrik Oskarsson (ed.),  Industrialising Rural India: Land, policy and resistance.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138936713.  1.  s 3 - 18
  • Hansen, Arve; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2016). Staying Cool, Looking Good, Moving Around: Consumption, Sustainability and the ‘Rise of the South’. Forum for Development Studies.  ISSN 0803-9410.  43(1), s 5- 25 . doi: 10.1080/08039410.2015.1134640 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). Mamata Banerjee: Redefining Female Leadership, In Arild Engelsen Ruud & Geir Heierstad (ed.),  India's democracies : diversity, co-optation, resistance.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02689-3.  5.  s 101 - 134
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). Managing 'Communities' of Resistance: Negotiating Caste and Class in an Anti-land Acquisition Movement in West Bengal, In Uday Chandra & Daniel Taghioff (ed.),  Staking Claims: The Politics of Social Movements in Contemporary Rural India.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 0199467773.  5.  s 165 - 199
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). The Politics of Caste and Class in Singur’s Anti-Land Acquisition Struggle, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen; Geir Heierstad & Uday Chandra (ed.),  The Politics of Caste in West Bengal.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-892148-1.  6.  s 125 - 146
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). The everyday politics of India’s “land wars” in rural eastern India. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.  ISSN 0920-1297.  2016(75), s 105- 118 . doi: 10.3167/fcl.2016.750108
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Heierstad, Geir & Chandra, Uday (2016). Introduction, In Kenneth Bo Nielsen; Geir Heierstad & Uday Chandra (ed.),  The Politics of Caste in West Bengal.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-892148-1.  Introduction.  s 1 - 18
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Nilsen, Alf Gunvald (2016). Conclusion, In Alf Gunvald Nilsen & Kenneth Bo Nielsen (ed.),  Social Movements and the State in India: Deepening Democracy?.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-59132-6.  12.  s 269 - 275
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Oskarsson, Patrik (2016). Development deadlocks of the New Indian State. Economic and Political Weekly.  ISSN 0012-9976.  51(4), s 67- 69
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). Social Movements, State Formation and Democracy in India: An Introduction, In Alf Gunvald Nilsen & Kenneth Bo Nielsen (ed.),  Social Movements and the State in India: Deepening Democracy?.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-59132-6.  1.  s 1 - 23
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Between peasant utopia and neoliberal dreams: industrialisation and its discontents in emerging India, In Arve Hansen & Ulrikke Bryn Wethal (ed.),  Emerging Economies and Challenges to Sustainability: Theories, strategies, local realities.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-74732-5.  6.  s 79 - 91
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). 'Community' and the Politics of Caste, Class, and Representation in the Singur Movement, West Bengal, In Alf Gunvald Nilsen & Srila Roy (ed.),  New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 0199457557.  8.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Law and Larai: The (De)Judicialisation of Subaltern Resistance in West Bengal. Journal of Contemporary Asia.  ISSN 0047-2336.  45(4), s 618- 639
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Mopa Airport Woes. Economic and Political Weekly.  ISSN 0012-9976.  50(24)
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Nilsen, Alf Gunvald (2015). Law struggles and hegemonic processes in neoliberal India: gramscian reflections on land acquisition legislation. Globalizations.  ISSN 1474-7731.  12(2), s 203- 216 . doi: 10.1080/14747731.2014.937084
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2015). The rise and fall of the ‘people's car’: middle-class aspirations, status and mobile symbolism in ‘New India’. Contemporary South Asia.  ISSN 0958-4935.  23(4), s 371- 387 . doi: 10.1080/09584935.2015.1090951
  • Hansen, Arve & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2014). Cars of Future Past in Vietnam and India. Tvergastein.  ISSN 1893-5605.  4, s 72- 79
  • Madsen, Stig Toft & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2014). Hindutva and Its Discontents in Denmark, In Ester Gallo (ed.),  Migration and Religion in Europe: Comparative Perspectives on South Asian Experiences.  Ashgate.  ISBN 978-1-4094-2973-9.  8.  s 155 - 170

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  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Vaidya, Anand (ed.) (2019). Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations. Pluto Press.  ISBN 9780745338927.  193 s.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2018). Land Dispossession and Everyday Politics in Rural Eastern India. Anthem Press.  ISBN 9781783087471.  240 s.
  • Hansen, Arve & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (ed.) (2017). Cars, Automobility and Development in Asia: Wheels of Change. Routledge.  ISBN 9781138930704.  202 s.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Oskarsson, Patrik (ed.) (2017). Industrialising Rural India: Land, policy and resistance. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1138936713.  200 s.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Heierstad, Geir & Chandra, Uday (ed.) (2016). The Politics of Caste in West Bengal. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-892148-1.  265 s.
  • Nilsen, Alf Gunvald & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (ed.) (2016). Social Movements and the State in India: Deepening Democracy?. Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-59132-6.  379 s.

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  • Flåten, Lars Tore & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Kashmir i fokus igjen. Asiapunkt.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Jensenius, Francesca R.; Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2019). Valgvake - valget i India.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Indias geopolitiske spagat. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Modis æra. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Jensenius, Francesca R. & Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus (2019). Modi er kommet for å bli. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus & Jensenius, Francesca R. (2019). Er valget i India slutten på dynastiet?. Avisa Vårt land.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus & Jensenius, Francesca R. (2019). Indisk spenning. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus; Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Jensenius, Francesca R. (2019). Hindunasjonalistisk parti går mot valgseier. Avisa Vårt land.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 06. mai). Ekspert om Kashmir-konflikten: Største inngripen noensinne.  VG.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 02. mai). Indiske valgkandidater er anklaget for terror, mord, valgsvindel og vold mod kvinder, men de stiller op alligevel. [Internett].  Globalnyt.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 30. april). Interviewed on India’s criminal politicians and the Lok Sabha elections by Radio24syv, 24syv Morgen. [Radio].  Radio24syv.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 29. april). Interviewed on India’s criminal politicians and the Lok Sabha elections by Radio24syv, Datolinjen. [Radio].  Radio24syv.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 24. juli). Interviewed on female foeticide in India by NRK P2, Studio 2. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 12. april). Interviewet om det indiske valget i NRK P2, Alltid Nyheter. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 13. april). Kjemper om makt og velgere i India.  Dagsavisen.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 01. februar). Reddito minimo a tutti: va in campagna pure il nipote di Gandhi.  Il Fatto Quotidiano.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 26. mai). Seieren hans er farlig for muslimer.  Vårt Land.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Untitled review of "A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India", by Sirpa Tenhunen. Ethnos.  ISSN 0014-1844.  84(4), s 743- 745
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Untitled review of "Costs of Democracy: Political Finance in India", edited by Devesh Kapur and Milan Vaishnav. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal.  ISSN 1960-6060.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Untitled review of "Dispossession without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India", by Michael Levien. Journal of South Asian Development.  ISSN 0973-1741.  14(1), s 110- 115
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Untitled review of "Hungry Nation: Food, Famine, and the Making of Modern India", by Benjamin Robert Siegel. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.  ISSN 0085-6401.  42(1), s 211- 212
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019, 24. mai). Valgvinneren i India vil gi elektrisitet til alle. Det betyr økte kullutslipp.  Aftenposten.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus; Jensenius, Francesca & Flåten, Lars Tore (2019). Demokrati eller autokrati i India?. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Jakobsen, Jostein; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Nilsen, Alf Gunvald & Vaidya, Anand (2018). Världens största demokrati i praktiken, I: Staffan Lindberg & Lars Eklund (red.),  Miraklet Indien och dess baksida.  Palmkrons förlag.  ISBN 978-91-88785-00-8.  4.  s 91 - 121
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Heierstad, Geir; Flåten, Lars Tore & Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus (2017). Demokratisk jubileum med bismak. Avisa Vårt land.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus; Flåten, Lars Tore; Heierstad, Geir & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2017). De usikre alliansenes tid. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Heierstad, Geir & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). India's smart cities. Tvergastein.  ISSN 1893-5605.  (7), s 11- 17
  • Holsten, Hilde Hartmann; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Hansen, Arve (2016, 02. oktober). Bilene endrer byene i Kina. [Internett].  Forskning.no. Show summary
  • Holsten, Hilde Hartmann; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Hansen, Arve (2016, 28. september). How cars have transformed China. [Tidsskrift].  NordicScience. Show summary
  • Jakobsen, Jostein & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). En mors død. Fokus India.
  • Jakobsen, Jostein & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). Hvem er den indiske bonden?. Rødt!.  ISSN 1504-4777.  2016(4), s 116- 121
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). Living With Debt. Anthropology News.  ISSN 1541-6151.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). Untitled review of Political Economy of Development in India: Indigeneity in Transition in the State of Kerala, by Darley Jose Kjosavik and Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam. Forum for Development Studies.  ISSN 0803-9410.  43(3)
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Jakobsen, Jostein (2016). Skatt. FokusIndia.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2016). India sett fra Rødt. indiafokus.no.
  • Waldrop, Anne; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Standal, Karina & Wilhite, Harold Langford (2016). Editor's Introduction. Special Issue on Family and Gender in Globalising India. Asia in Focus.  ISSN 2446-0001.
  • Jakobsen, Jostein & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Russerne: de nye hippier?. Fokus India.
  • Jensenius, Francesca R.; Heierstad, Geir & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Luften som dreper. Bergens Tidende.  ISSN 0804-8983.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Frimærkepolitik. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Ghost Airports. Dhaka Tribune.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015, 31. januar). Indisk avis: Premiereminister i Indien ønsker bedre forhold til Danmark og fyrer derfor topdiplomat.  Politiken.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Karunanidhi 92. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Kongrespartiet samler tropperne. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Lufthavnspolitik. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Mer om land – igen. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Mopa. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015, 30. januar). Opplysningen 99,3. [Radio].  Radio Nova.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015, 16. september). P1 Eftermiddag. [Radio].  DR P1.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Review of Dayabati Roy, "Rural Politics in India: Political Stratification and Governance in West Bengal". South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.  ISSN 0085-6401.  38(2), s 344- 345
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Review of Jamie Cross, "Dream Zones: Anticipating Capitalism and Development in India". Contemporary South Asia.  ISSN 0958-4935.  23(2), s 230- 231
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Review of "Night of the Gods: Durga Puja and the Legitimation of Power in Rural Bengal" by Ralph W. Nicholas. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  ISSN 1359-0987.  21(3), s 709- 710
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Shorty Gomes: Vintage Crime Stories Featuring Shorty Gomes, Bombay’s Ace Private Detective [book review]. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015, 16. mai). Styrker samarbeid.  Klassekampen.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Thinking Anthropologically About India’s Land Wars.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Tillidslandet. Fokus India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2015). Women as Activists, Women as Symbols: The Gendered Politics of Mobilisation and Symbolic Representation in the Singur Movement.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Jakobsen, Jostein (2015). Russians: The new hippies?. Dhaka Tribune.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Nilsen, Alf Gunvald (2015). Law-Struggles, Law-making and the Politics of Hegemony in Neoliberal India: Towards a Critical Perspective on the 2013 Land Acquisition Act.
  • Holsten, Hilde Hartmann; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo & Hansen, Arve (2014, 17. januar). Bilene er på full fart inn i India og Vietnam. [Internett].  Forskning.no.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2014). An Historic Win? Election Talk and Election Numbers in India's 16th Lok Sabha Election.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2014). Between Peasant Utopia and Neoliberal Dreams: Industrialisation and Its Discontents in Emerging India.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2014, 14. mai). En Reagan bak masken?.  Vårt Land.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2014, 05. april). En populistisk administrator.  Information.
  • Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2014). Food and the Indian Elections. Matlære.

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