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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Call for Paper:Two Day National Seminar ,Government College Madappally,Vadakara,Kerala,India.

With Greetings from Madappally .

National Seminar on “Social Movements and Protest Politics inIndia”.
Sponsoredby Government of kerala.

Protestreflects the key aspect of the relationship between the state and society. Stateis responsible for formulating and carrying out policies for society. State may lack the resources to meetthe demands and expectations of various competing social groups. That may leadto anger among some groups in the society, which can take the shape of protestmovement. Protest arises from disagreement over limited issues, such asopposition to particular policies of a government, or antagonisms betweengroups competing for political influence.So how movement arises and how variousgroups participate in it is an important area of intellectual pursuit.Studentsof political science and teachers should have great mastery over the area so asto get a clear understanding of the society.It is so important to understandhow to approach a social movement and what are basic theoretical approach tosocial movements.


Indemocracies, we do not see a uniform pattern of popular protest movements.Somedemocracies experience more protest than other democracies. France hosts moreprotest annually than Germany does. Bangladeshis invade the streets much morethan the people in Sri Lanka do. Answers to this difference may be found intheir political cultures or by carefully auditing the performance of theirdemocratic institutions. However, it is more puzzling when within the samedemocracy, people in some areas protest more successfully than other areas. Itseems that some ordinary people, who are busy in their struggle for day-to-daysurvival, attain the degree of coordination and mutual awareness that they needto wage strategically effective protests, while some others fail. Some need toask, why some groups sharing a grievance mobilize successfully while others donot in democracies? In recent years, democratisation has spread to the Southand with it increasing number of social movements. The origin and outcome ofthese movements are being explained with the help of theoretical frameworksdeveloped to study social actions in the North. Here, the aim is to examine therelevance of these theories to evaluate the success and failure of socialmovements in the developing countries.

InIndia at the outset, we must note that the term “non-party domain” or the“non-party political domain” is not a conceptual category that refers to anyspecific set of processes, movements, institutions or practices.But it is sovibrant and proliferating day by day. It is a category that has beendescriptively deployed in the Indian context by a group of scholars, to referto a series of movements and social struggles that burst forth on the scene inthe 1980s, broadly speaking. In the specific sense in which this category wasused by these scholars, it was meant to refer to a series of responses toproblems in the formal political process that prevented the interests of awhole range of social groups and many significant issues from gettingtranslated into the electoral calculus of party politics. Of late, the termthat has gained some currency in political discourse and is being used widelyto refer to a range of movement-type as well as institutional initiatives, isthe notion of “civil society”. This category is increasingly used as a selfdescription even by those groups who would have in an earlier period used thecategory of “non party political domain”. Even though the current use of thisconcept of “civil society” too is quite vague, it has at least the advantage ofbeing used as a normative category to demarcate a sphere of non-stateactivities that keeps the state’s excesses in check and attempts to influencepolicy in the direction of greater transparency and accountability.


New Social Movements
Civil Society in India
Protest Politics and Non-party Political Domain
Social Movements and State.
Civil Society Movements in Kerala

Durationof Seminar

Two Days.

Resource Pearson

Resource person will be provided T A at the rate applicable to class I officers as per State Government norms.Resource person will be provided remuneration @500/- per person per session of not less than 2 hours duration.


Teachers from Government and Private Aided Colleges in Kerala are eligible to participate in the seminar.Teachers selected for the programme are considered ‘on other duty’.Number of participants for the seminar is limited between 20-40.

T A and D A to Participants.

Outstation participants are eligible for TA and DA at the Government specified rate.

How to Reach the College

The college is situated on the NH 17 which is 5 KM away from Vadakara Railway Station, approximately 60 KM away from Calicut Airport,180 KM away from Mangalore Airport.

Gayathri O
Assistant Professor,
Department of Political Science,
Government College Madappally.

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