SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN KARNATAKA: A Study of the Kudremukh Region in the Western Ghats
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Social Movements are Universal and found in all societies past and present. They play a pivotal role in enhancing not only the processes of change through collective action, but also give direction to social transformation. The nature, scope and frequency of social movements may vary from time to time and society to society. The understanding of such movements is important not only for those who are dissatisfied with the present social and political order but also for those who are satisfied with it, to understand the fragility of political institutions and their future. The book focuses on three broad themes: Coffee Crisis, Mining and Conservation Conflicts in the Kudremukh region and makes an attempt to show the interfae of conflicts. This work also reasserts class in political analysis because it takes into account different dimensions of social life, even though class movements have been overtaken by new social movements based on caste, gender, ethnicity and environment.
V.K. Sridhar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Motilal Nehru College, University of Delhi. His areas of interest include contemporary social movements, political theory and Indian politics.