Social movements and the subaltern in postcolonial South Asia

  • Kenta Funahashi Kyoto University
  • Shinya Ishizaka Kyoto University


Social movements have various styles and aims in contemporary South Asia. They are ever-present at the grassroots, contesting power and pressing for change, but they occasionally take centre stage. In India, for example, the anti-corruption movement, led by the well-known Anna Hazare from the 1990s onwards, gained momentum in 2011 and, more recently, thousands from the grass-rootsvoluntarily gathered in protest against rape and sexual violence after the terrible assault at the endof 2012. At such points it is clear that social movements continue to contribute to the deepening ofdemocracy in the region, but more often than not they pass unnoticed. This special issue, therefore,aims to cast greater light onto social movement activism, action and outcomes in South Asia.

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Funahashi, K., & Ishizaka, S. (1). Social movements and the subaltern in postcolonial South Asia. The South Asianist Journal, 2(1). Retrieved from