People's Rights - Social Movements and the State in the Third World

People's Rights - Social Movements and the State in the Third World

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Author: Manoranjan Mohanty
Partha Nath Mukherji/Olle Tornquist
Editor(s): Mohanty / Mukherji / Tornquist
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 436
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817036664X


The end of classical colonialism did not result in complete freedom for the peoples of the third world. New forms of Western domination emerged in many post-colonial states which became dependent on the first world for their very existence. This volume of original essays articulates the issues raised by these social movements as a democratic assertion of people's rights.

This led to the emergence of people’s movements which serve to articulate the aspirations of the disadvantaged and their resistance to various forms of oppression and domination.

The distinguished contributors challenge the dominant political theory of capitalist globalization and reaffirm some of the primary values of the anti-colonial struggle. Rather than locating rights in the individualist tradition of Western liberalism, they are seen as an affirmation of the political conditions of human existence involving a struggle against class exploitation and social oppression.

The case studies from Asia and Africa of both successful and unsuccessful movements illustrate the nature of the dilemmas faced by them while problematising the dichotomy between class politics and social movements. In the process, the contributors not only critique the dominant Western notions of rights, nationhood, civil society and citizenship but present original and alternative formulations in democratic theory transformation of the post-colonial state through liberation from new forms of bondage in order to affirm freedom and people’s rights and to crate amore decentralized, responsive and participatory state.

Designed as a major intervention in the ongoing debate concerning the nature of the state and of civil society in the contemporary world and resenting a creative theory of social transformation, this volume will attract a wide readership. It will interest, among other, political scientists, sociologists and students of social movements and social changes as also those involved in struggles for cultural rights, civil liberties and human rights.


Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: Towards a Creative Theory of Social Transformation


The Assertion of Civil Society against the State:
The Case of the Post-colonial World

The Liberation of Civil Society: Neo-liberal

Ideology and Political Theory in an African Context

Social Movements in Creative Society:
Of Autonomy and Interconnection

Africa: Democratic Theory and Democratic Struggles

Nationalism, Nation-building and the State in India

Class, Ethnicity and Autonomy Movements in India

The Nature and Structure of Ethnic Conflict and Separatism in South Asia


Popular Movements and Politics of Democratization:
The Philippine Experience in Comparative Perspective

Peasants, Dalits and Women:
Democracy and India’s New Social Movements

Farmers’ Movements and Cultural Politics in India

Peasant Social Structure, Politics and Democratisation in Nigeria

The Story of Agrarian Struggles and Land Reforms in Bengal and West Bengal

The Working-class Movements in India:
Trade Unions and the State


The State and Human Rights Movements in India

Civil Liberties Movement and the State in India

The State and the Civil Liberties Movements in Nigeria

Depoliticisation of Civil Society:
Social Movements and the Corporatist State in Indonesia

Micro-struggles, NGOs and the State

About the Editors

Notes on Contributors