This volume attempts to show the emerging contours of ‘transformative action’ in social movements across South Asia. It argues that these contours have been shaped by contestations over questions of equity, justice and well-being on the one hand, and the nature and scope of new and classical social movements on the other. This is manifest in diverse modes through people’s struggles, protest and dissent.

The authors examine a variety of themes that have determined the course of the politics of transformative struggles. They critique neoliberalism, ‘primitive’ accumulation, money, class inequalities, as well as aspects of capital–labour conflict. They highlight the contributions of movements by women, dalit and marginalized communities; peace movements; and environmental and agrarian struggles. The volume also appraises the role of internet in grassroots mobilizations and that of civil society networks in the making of participatory democracy. It further argues that the predicaments of cultural, ethnic, national, regional, and linguistic identities are not divorced from capital–labour conflicts.

The book will serve as essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, social movements, politics, gender and feminist studies, labour studies, and the informed general reader.

chapter |24 pages


The Emerging Contours of a Transformative Act

chapter 1|8 pages

New Anti-Capitalist Movements

Beyond the Questions of Taking Power

chapter 4|20 pages

Carnival of Money

Politics of Dissent in an Era of Globalizing Finance

chapter 6|15 pages

Neoliberalism and Primitive Accumulation in India

The Need to Go Beyond Capital

chapter 7|27 pages

What is ‘New' in the New Social Movements?

Rethinking Some Old Categories

chapter 9|43 pages

Deep Currents Rising

Some Notes on the Global Challenge to Capitalism

chapter 10|27 pages

Social Movements, Autonomy and Hope

Notes on the Zapatistas' Revolution

chapter 11|26 pages

The Privatization of Public Interest

Theorizing NGO Discourse in a Neoliberal Era

chapter 12|15 pages

Other Worlds are (Already) Possible

Self-Organization, Complexity and Post-Capitalist Cultures

chapter 13|22 pages

New Social Movements

The Role of Legal Opportunity

chapter 14|21 pages

Language of Political Socialization

Language of Resistance