• New and Improved Bibliography

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    I did not find a lot of written data directly related to my thesis topic so I spent a lot of time talking to people to get information that I needed to develop my ideas and thesis topic.

    1. Tyabji, Laila. 2008. Interview by Leah Waldman, 8 August. Dastkar, New Delhi, India.

    2. Singh, Faith. 2008. Interview by Leah Waldman, 13 August. Anokhi, Jaipur, India.

    3. Bannerjee, Runa. 2008. Interview by Leah Waldman, 18 August. SEWA, Lucknow, India.

    4. Torres, Edwin. 2008. Interview by Leah Waldman, 24 October. The New School, New York, New York.

    5. Srinivas, Nidhi. 2008. Interview by Leah Waldman, 24 October. The New School, New York, New York.

    6. Chaudhuri, Shomick. 2008. Phone Interview by Leah Waldman, 23 October. Institute of International Social Development, New York, New York.

    7. Source, Chawla, MM. Email Correspondence to Leah Waldman, Subject line: Neera Waldman’s Daughter, October 21, 2008.

    8. Source, Gupta, Naresh. Email Correspondence to Leah Waldman, Subject line: Neera Waldman’s Daughter, October 21, 2008.

    9. Source, Wadhawan, Ashish. Email Correspondence to Leah Waldman, Subject line: Neera Waldman’s Daughter, October 21, 2008.

    10. Source, Waldman, Neera. Email Correspondence to Leah Waldman, Subject line: Vendor Contact Details, October 21, 2008.

    11. Waldman, Neera. 2008. Phone Interview by Leah Waldman, 16/17/18/21/22/23 October. New Delhi, India.

    12. Dehejia, Jay. “Sadhna, An Economic and Social Empowerment Program for the Disadvantaged Women in Udaipur and Surrounding Villages.” 16 August, 2008.

    13. Khaire, Mukti. Kothandaraman, Prabakar. “Fabindia Overseas Pvt. Ltd.” Harvard Business School 9-807-113. July 28, 2008.

    14. Srinivas, Nidhi. “Managerialism and NGO Advocacy: Handloom Weavers in India.” In The New Development Mangement: Critiquing the Dual Modernization, ed. Sadhvi Dar and Bill Cooke, 74-90. New York, NY: Zed Books, 2008.

    15. http://www.iisd-ngo.org. Accessed on 15 October 2008.

    I have more interviews scheduled for this week, and I am looking for books that I think will be helpful in determining the type of product I will design, so I will update my bibliography as I gather more sources...

  • that's amazing, Leah, that you have spoken to so many people. Are they providing you with useful information? I hope that you are documenting these communications, especially the phone calls or interviews, because there is no automatic record of these as there is with email.

    Leah, this is starting to sound like a very plausible and potentially fascinating thesis project. Now that you have explored the business and user sides, I think you may need to get your hands on some of this raw material, and see what its properties are. If you are developing a proposal that focuses on one material, it will be very important to thoroughly understand how machinable it it, how the shape of the bones influences the kinds of designs you can make, etc. steven


  • In response to exciting, posted by steven landau,
    in the thread New and Improved Bibliography

    thank you for your comments and encouragement, steven. regarding your question about whether the people I have spoken to have provided useful information... i actually spoke to a lot more people, but have only listed the ones that provided useful information that pertained directly to my thesis topic. in almost every case, the people i spoke to connected me to someone else who was able to provide further information, so I now have quite a large network of people that i have established a relationship with. I have documented all my phone and personal interviews so i do have a physical record. the few articles that i cited were suggested readings by some of the people i spoke with, and proved to be extremely helpful in getting insight into the topic of handicrafts, new markets, and the bone product industry.

    in terms of getting my hands on some of the raw material... my mother is coming to new york from india on november 11th and i have asked her to bring me samples of the raw material so that i can start experimenting with it and understand the quality/limitations/flexibility/properties of the bone.

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