Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics

| June 7, 2011

Title: Social Movements in India : Poverty, Power, and Politics
Edited by: Raka Ray and Mary Fainsod Katzenstein
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, c2005
Check it out: HN683.5 .S61423 2005

From the publisher: Social movements have played a vital role in Indian politics since well before the inception of India as a new nation in 1947. During the Nehruvian era, poverty alleviation was a foundational standard against which policy proposals and political claims were measured; at this time, movement activism was directly accountable to this state discourse. In the first volume to focus on poverty and class in its analysis of social movements, a group of leading India scholars shows how social movements have had to change because poverty reduction no longer serves its earlier role as a political template. With distinctive chapters on gender, lower castes, environment, the Hindu Right, Kerala, labor, farmers, and biotechnology, Social Movements in India will be attractive to students and researchers in many different disciplines.

About the editors:
Raka Ray has contributed to Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics as an editor. Ray is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mary Fainsod Katzenstein has contributed to Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics as an editor. Katzenstein is a professor of government and a member of the faculty of the Women’s Studies Program at Cornell University.