A thesis exploring the lives of children from slums in Delhi and their engagement with the programs of a media NGO has won the prize for best thesis on Asia conferred in 2016.
The 2017 John Legge Prize for the Best Thesis in Asian Studies has been awarded to ANU’s own Dr Annie McCarthy, Australian National University, for her dissertation titled “Under Development: Stories of Children and NGOs in Delhi, India”.
Alongside ethnographic observations of children’s participation in NGO classes and campaigns, Annie argued and demonstrated that a much richer understanding can be gained through a reading of the texts and performances these children produced in NGO spaces. Annie’s thesis expertly showed the awareness these children had of the development discourse and the different roles they employed from innocent victims to conscious agents.
Annie was formally a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, in the School of Culture, History and Languages. She is currently teaching at ANU and working on her book manuscript..
You can read more about Annie’s thesis in her post for Asian Currents.