This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 780
  • Course:
  • Semester: I
  • Title: Understanding Social Movements
  • Stream: Development Studies
  • Preamble / Objectives (Optional): This course allows students working on social movements to explore

    the range of issues, themes and concepts that confront the study of processes of resistance, dissent and

    organization. The course exposes research students to the vast expanse of literature on social

    movement theory, as well as a broad range of thematic issues within the arena of social movement

    studies. Together its focus remains on how to read, engage with, understand, analyze and write about

    social movements and the broader processes of organization and mobilization. The particular

    movements that students will engage with in depth in this process will depend on the areas of work and

    interest of the students.


    Course Content/ Syllabus (as a single paragraph if it is not containing more than one subject. Sub-topics/ Sections may

    be separated by commas(,). Topics may be separated by Semi-Colons(;). Chapters may be separated by Full-Stop(.). While

    starting with broad heading, it may be indicated with Colon symbol before the topics. For example: Multi-variable Calculus: Limits of functions, Continuity, …… ) Introducing concepts: social movements, social movements from below, social movements from above; Theories of social movements: resource mobilization theory, theory of collective action, political opportunity theory; Rise of New Social Movements: identity politics, environmentalism, sexuality; Social movements in India: themes, trends, debates; Issues in the study of social movements: structure, agency, subalternity, hegemony and counter-hegemony, mobilization and organization.

    Books (In case UG compulsory courses, please give it as “Text books” and “Reference books”.

    Otherwise give it as “References”.

    References: (Format: Authors, Book Title in Italics font, Volume/Series, Edition Number, Publisher,


    1. Tarrow, Sidney, Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics, Cambridge University Press, 2008

    2. Johnston, Hank and John A. Noakes, Frames of Protest: Social Movements and the Framing Perspective, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

    3. Lee, Su H., Debating New Social Movements: Culture, Identity and Social Fragmentation, Rawat Publications, 2010.

    4. Omvedt, Gail, Reinventing Revolution: New Social Movements and the Socialist Tradition in India, Routledge, 1993.

    5. Oommen, T.K., Social Movements I: Issues of Identity, Oxford University Press, 2010.

    6. Oommen, T.K., Social Movements II: Concerns of Equity and Security, Oxford University Press, 2010.

    7. Nilsen, Alf Gunvald and Srila Roy, New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India, Oxford University Press, 2015.

    8. Nilsen, Alf Gunvald, Politics from Below: Essays on Subalternity and Resistance in India, Aakar Books 2017.