Author: Ghanshyan Shah
Editor: Ghanshyam Shah
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761995145
This volume, the fourth in the series entitled Readings in Indian Government and Politics, examines non or extra-institutional collective actions as agent of political and social change, and social movements as a defining force in the political process.
This series focuses on significant themes in contemporary Indian government and politics. Each volume explores a wide range of problems and issues in specific areas of Indian politics and locates them within wider debates on politics, society, economy and culture.
Political science has largely focused on moral political philosophy, normative concepts and the working of political institutions. This volume, the fourth in the series entitled Readings in Indian Government and Politics, examines non- or extra-institutional collective actions as agents of political and social change, and social movements as a defining force in the political process.
Covering social movements in India over the last five decades, the seminal essays included here address primarily three questions:
• Why movements take place;
• What their main elements are; and
• How the state responds to various forms of collective action.
The essays in the first part discuss the various definitions of social movements and their typology, and examine the growing unrest in India resulting from the failure of the Institutional set up to meet the aspirations of the masses. Part two examines collective action as manifested in protests, agitations, strikes and riots which develop into movements of various social groups.
Covering the evolution and spread of various peasant, farmer, tribal, women, student, religious and environmental movements in the colonial and post-colonial period, this comprehensive reader provides theoretical, empirical and methodological insights into the study of social movements and their relationship with the state.
With its broad-ranging approach and insightful coverage, this volume will be essential reading for those in their fields of social change, social movements, political science, conflict studies and sociology. Students of contemporary history, journalists and social activists will also find it of great value while it will serve as essential reading for postgraduate students of political science and sociology.
Preface by the Series Editors
Introduction by Ghanshyam Shah
Nine Theses on Social Movements by Andre Gunder Frank and Marta Fuentes
Cyclical Movements towards the ‘Eternal’ — ‘Nine These of Social Movements’: A Critique by D. N. Dhanagare and J. John
Masses, Classes and the State by Rajni Kothari
Social Origins of the Peasant Insurrection in Telengana, 1946-51 by D. N. Dhanagare
Naxalbari and the Left Movement by Sumanta Banerjee
Farmers’ Movements in Contemporary India by Dipankar Gupta
Organized Labor and Militant Unionism: The Bombay Textile Workers’ Strike of 1982 by Salim Lakha
Tribal Solidarity Movements in India: A Review by Surajit Sinha
Tribal Autonomy Movements in Chhotanagpur by K S Singh
Ambedkar and After: The Dalit Movement in India by Gail Omvedt
Taking Stock: Women’s Movement and the State by Lakshmi Lingam
Direct Action in India: A Study of Gujarat and Bihar Agitation by Ghanshyam Shah
Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist: Assam’s Anti-foreigner Upsurge, 1979-80 by Amalendu Guha
‘God Must be Liberated’: A Hindu Liberation Movement in Ayodhya by Peter van der Veer
Chipko: Social History of an ‘Environmental’ Movement by Ramachandra Guha
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