Social Movements and the State in India

Deepening Democracy?

  • Kenneth Bo Nielsen
  • Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Part of the Rethinking International Development series book series (RID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen
    Pages 1-23
  3. Kenneth Bo Nilsen, Alf Gunvald Nielsen
    Pages 269-275
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 277-297

About this book


Questions of the extent to which social movements are capable of deepening democracy in India lie at the heart of this book. In particular, the authors ask how such movements can enhance the political capacities of subaltern groups and thereby enable them to contest and challenge marginality, stigma, and exploitation. The work addresses these questions through detailed empirical analyses of contemporary fields of protest in Indian society – ranging from gender and caste to class and rights-based legislation. Drawing on the original research of a variety of emerging and established international scholars, the volume contributes to an engaged dialogue on the prospects for democratizing Indian democracy in a context where neoliberal reforms fuel a contradictory process of uneven development.   


State formation Slow-motion counterrevolyution Neoliberalism Caste Dalit Feminists UN Global Justice Activism Collective Action 'Right to Work' Right to Information Act Labour Movement Mobilization Class Alliances Maoist Mobilization Agrarian Change

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Bo Nielsen
    • 1
  • Alf Gunvald Nilsen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of BergenBergenNorway

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