1st Edition

Activism and Authoritarian Governance in Asia

Edited By Amy Barrow, Sara Fuller Copyright 2023
    242 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary book offers a new analysis of the concepts, spaces, and practices of activism that emerge under diverse authoritarian modes of governance in Asia.

    Demonstrating the limitations of existing conceptual approaches in accounting for activism in Asia, the book also offers new understandings of authoritarian governance practices and how these shape state-civil society relations. In conjunction with its tripartite theoretical framework, the book presents regional knowledge from an array of countries in Asia, with empirically rich contributions from both scholars and activists.

    Through in-depth case studies, the book offers new scholarly insights that highlight the ways in which activism emerges and is contested across Asia. As such, it will be of interest to students and scholars of Asian politics, law, and sociology.

    Amy Barrow and Sara Fuller
    Part 1: Concepts of Activism in Asia
    1. Social movements amidst autocratization
    Kin-long Tong and Edmund W. Cheng
    2. Communication practices in Vietnamese non-government organisations as civic actions
    Lien Pham
    3. Shifting boundaries of development and activism? The case of Sombath Somphone
    Kearrin Sims
    4. Citizen science as an alternative form of environmental contention in China: The case of Zero Waste Alliance
    Yanmei Lin and Natalie W.M. Wong
    Part 2: Spaces of Activism in Asia
    5. Asserting citizenship, claiming space: Activism and repression in majoritarian India
    Surabhi Chopra
    6. Beyond the courtroom: Lawyer activism and resistance in Hong Kong
    Amy Barrow
    7. The Constitutional Court and civic activism in polarised Thailand since 2014: Turning back time?
    Rawin Leelapatana and Chompunoot Tangthavorn
    8. Transnational advocacy against China’s atrocities in Xinjiang
    Eva Pils
    9. Challenging digital authoritarianism: Milk Tea Alliance and transnational solidarity
    Roger Lee Huang and Chavalin Svetanant
    Part 3: Practices of Activism in Asia
    10. A "leaderless but leader-full" movement: Social mobilisation in the 2019 Hong Kong protests
    Yan Ho Lai
    11. Activist films: How grassroots activists shape the construction of national identity
    Brenda Danker
    12. Flirting with gender purrspectives: Contemporary women’s activist comics in the Philippines
    Kristine Michelle L. Santos and Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua
    13. Investigating the activist potentials of "gay manga" in Japan and the Philippines
    Thomas Baudinette
    Conclusion: Reflecting on activism and authoritarian governance in Asia
    Amy Barrow and Sara Fuller


    Amy Barrow is Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Law School, member of the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, and co-leader of the Activism, Rights and Justice Research Stream in the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

    Sara Fuller is Associate Professor in the Discipline of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research explores climate change, justice, and activism in the Asia Pacific region.