This volume attempts to show the emerging contours of ‘transformative action’ in social movements across South Asia. It argues that these contours have been shaped by contestations over questions of equity, justice and well-being on the one hand, and the nature and scope of new and classical social movements on the other. This is manifest in diverse modes through people’s struggles, protest and dissent.
The authors examine a variety of themes that have determined the course of the politics of transformative struggles. They critique neoliberalism, ‘primitive’ accumulation, money, class inequalities, as well as aspects of capital–labour conflict. They highlight the contributions of movements by women, dalit and marginalized communities; peace movements; and environmental and agrarian struggles. The volume also appraises the role of internet in grassroots mobilizations and that of civil society networks in the making of participatory democracy. It further argues that the predicaments of cultural, ethnic, national, regional, and linguistic identities are not divorced from capital–labour conflicts.
The book will serve as essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, social movements, politics, gender and feminist studies, labour studies, and the informed general reader.
Acknowledgements.Introduction: Emerging Contours of a Transformative Act Savyasaachi and Ravi Kumar 1. New Anti-Capitalist Movements: Beyond the Questions of Taking Power John Holloway 2. From the Working-Class Movement to the New Social Movements Gunnar Olofsson 3.Some Intellectual Genealogies for the Concept of Everyday Resistance K. Sivaramakrishnan 4.Carnival of Money: Politics of Dissent in an Era of Globalizing Finance Marieke de Goede 5. Globalization and New Politics of Micro-Movements D. L. Sheth 6. Neoliberalism and Primitive Accumulation in India: The Need to Go Beyond Capital Pratyush Chandra and Deepankar Basu 7. What is ‘New’ in the New Social Movements Maitrayee Chaudhuri 8. Anti-Statism and Difference Feminism in International Social Movements Jane Mansbridge 9. Deep Currents Rising: Some Notes on the Global Challenge to Capitalism Harry Cleaver 10. Social Movements, Autonomy and Hope: Notes on the Zapatistas’ Revolution Ana Cecilia Dinerstein 11. The Privatization of Public Interest: Theorizing NGO Discourse in a Neoliberal Era Sangeeta Kamat 12. Other Worlds are (Already) Possible: Self-Organization, Complexity and Post-Capitalist Cultures Arturo Escobar 13. New Social Movements: The Role of Legal Opportunity Christopher J. Hilson 14. Language of Political Socialization: Language of Resistance Janette Habashi 15. Reshaping Social Movement Media for a New Millennium Chris Atton. About the Editors. Notes on Contributors. Index
The emergence of new forms of dissent, protest, resistance and political mobilizations in South Asia in recent times has rendered several analytical frameworks in social movement studies obsolete. The volumes in this series bring together perspectives from across the world, current debates, life, examples and works of activist thinkers associated with progressive social movements.
They discuss social movements in relation to globalization, neoliberalism, civil society, labour movements, democracy, technology, feminism, new media, and the role of state, economy, politics and market in the face of rapid social transformations. Dealing with questions of justice, equality and reciprocity, they aim to create synergies between critical thinking, transformative action and creativity.
Addressing the diversity of social movements from trans-disciplinary intersections, the series will appeal to students, scholars and interested readers.