The course first explores theories of social movements that aim to understand the structural conditions and resources that determine the emergence and development of social movements. Competing theoretical approaches to social movements will be discussed.
Having established this context, the course explores that nature and significance of social movements and unconventional politics in the political economy of development in Asia. The remainder of the course is organized around a thematic survey of politics and social movements in Asia. Examples will be drawn from various periods in the 20st century, such as anti-colonial, peasant and working-class movements. Particular attention will be given to contemporary instances of social movements and unconventional politics (including local, national, and transnational instances) and their bearing on development processes and outcomes across and within Asia.