2nd Edition

Social Movements in Contemporary India

By Krishna Menon, Ranjana Subberwal Copyright 2025
    188 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    188 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book delves into the concept and definition of social movements from different perspectives with relevance to India. It offers critical insight into the fundamental and ongoing debates and treatises around the struggle for rights and welfare.

    The book covers discussions on a wide range of movements varying in locus and spatial spread—from movements that highlight environmental issues to those that articulate the voices of women, Dalits, the queer community, persons with disabilities and farmers. It explores the origins of people’s movements, what a collective is and how communities mobilise and organise. The authors also provide a history of the key social movements in India, examining the social, political and cultural contexts in which they were born and continue being relevant in contemporary India.

    This revised and updated edition is an essential volume for students and researchers of social movement studies, sociology, political science and history, protest movements, sociological theory, the history of sociological thought, contemporary social theory, social policy, and international and globalization studies.

    1. Understanding Social Movements: An Introduction 2. The Quest for Dignity - Dalit Movement 3. Towards Equality - Women’s Movement 4. The Land and the Tiller - Farmer’s Movement 5. Struggle for Rights - Disability Movement 6. Nature and People - Environment Movement 7. Difference and Democracy - Queer Movement 8. Autonomy and Association - Civil Society Mobilizations


    Krishna Menon is a Professor of Gender Studies at Ambedkar University Delhi.  Previously, she taught at Lady Shri Ram College. She was until recently one of the editors-in-chief of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Her recent publications include the co-edited book Doing Feminisms in the Academy was published by Zubaan in 2021 and Gendered Body in South Asia (2023) by RoutledgeShe received the Saahas Pragya Award in 2020 for her contribution to higher education from WISCOMP, and AURPIS Award for Good Researcher by Ambedkar University Delhi in 2022 and 2023. She was also the recipient of the Teacher of Distinction award from the University of Delhi in 2009.

    Ranjana Subberwal, a postgraduate in sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, is presently the Chief Functionary of Raahein Development Society, an NGO committed to research, action and advocacy for the marginalized sections of society. She has participated in and directed grassroots-level research and advocacy projects on socially relevant issues for over three decades. She has authored and co-authored a number of research reports/articles/ books for several organizations like Oxfam, Action Aid and Indian People’s Tribunal. She is the author of Sociology Dictionary (2009), published by Tata McGraw-Hill. She has been teaching sociology to civil service aspirants (for Prelims and Mains examinations) for over 30 years, initially at Rau’s Study Circle and later at Alternative Learning Systems (ALS). She is a studio potter and has participated in several exhibitions and pottery events.