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Understanding Southern Social Movements

1st Edition

Edited by Simin Fadaee


208 pages

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Southern social movements have played an important role in shaping world history and politics. Nevertheless, scholarly literature on movements of the global South remains limited and restricted to testing the social movement theory which was developed in the North. This Northern-centric approach largely fails to provide a meaningful understanding of Southern movements because it is not directly applicable to the differing historical backgrounds, culture and socio-economic structures found in the South. Much of the uniqueness and complexity of Southern social movements has therefore been overlooked.

This collection analyses recent events and developments in Southern social movements, introducing well-researched case studies from fifteen countries of the global South. Arranged in two parts, the volume examines firstly movements which focus on rights and quality of life issues, and secondly the post-2011 wave of uprisings which started with Tunisian and Egyptian movements. Contributing to ongoing discussions about the Northern-centric nature of social movement theory and the social sciences more generally, the authors enter into dialogue with the debate on local and national levels, as well as globalizing processes.

Through an interdisciplinary approach this book broadens the theoretical and empirical perspectives for the study of social movements and will appeal to sociologists, political scientists, scholars and students of social movements, and social activists.

Table of Contents

Foreword Asef Bayat Introduction: genesis of Social Movement Theory and Southern Movements Simin Fadaee Part I: The ‘New’ Social Movements of the South 1. Rethinking Southern Environmentalism: Iranian Environmental Movement and its Premises Simin Fadaee 2. Claiming ‘Ecological Property Rights’: Movements against Hydropower Projects in Maharashtra (India), 1960-2004 Arnab Roy Chowdhury 3. The Feminist Movement and Counter Movement in Morocco Moha Ennaji 4. Being In-Between: The Women’s Rights Movement in Kenya Antje Daniel 5. The Technocratic Turn of the Mexican Human Rights Movement: From the Administration of Justice to the Management of Suffering Ariadna Estevez 6. Gender and Sexual Diversity Organizing in Africa Ashley Currier and Matthew Thomann Part II: The ‘New’ Wave of Southern Movements 7. Fooled by the Folol?: How Antagonisms and Misrecognitions within Social Currents Stunted the Egyptian Revolution Valy Mansouri and Abdallah Hendawy 8. Social Movements, Rebels and Free-riders: The Yemeni Uprising of 2011 Vincent Durac 9. Reading Gezi Protests as a "moment" Spyros A. Sofos and Umut Özkirimli 10. The Long June: 2013 mobilizations and the future of social movements in Brazil Breno Bringel 11. The Student Movement in Chile and the Neo Liberal Agenda in Crisis Oscar Espinoza, Luis Eduardo Gonzalez and Noel McGinn 12. Social Movements, State Power and Party Networks in the Kingdom of Thailand Martin Lassak and Oliver Pye

About the Editor

Simin Fadaee is Assistant Professor of Society and Transformation in Asia and Africa at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General