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This review surveys current literature concerned with the growing numbers,
changing functions, and intensifying networks of nongovernmental organiza-
tions which have had significant impacts upon globalization, international and
national politics, and local lives. Studies of these changes illuminate under-
standings of translocal flows of ideas, knowledge, funding, and people; shed
light on changing relationships among citizenry, associations, and the state;
and encourage a reconsideration of connections between the personal and the
political. Attention is given to the political implications of discourses about
NGOs, the complex micropolitics of these associations, and the importance of
situating them as evolving processes within complexes of competing and over-
lapping practices and discourses.