Fall 2013

Social Movements, Civil Society and Democracy in India

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-467


Amrita Basu (Section 01)


(Offered as POSC 467 [CP] [SC starting with the class of 2015] and WAGS 467) The goal of this seminar is illuminate the complex character of social movements and civil society organizations and their vital influence on Indian democracy. Social movements have strengthened democratic processes by forming or allying with political parties and thereby contributed to the growth of a multi-party system. They have increased the political power of previously marginalized and underprivileged groups and pressured the state to address social inequalities. However conservative religious movements and civil society organizations have threatened minority rights and undermined secular, democratic principles. During the semester, we will interact through internet technology with students, scholars and community organizers in India. This seminar counts as an advanced seminar in Political Science.

Requisite: Prior course work in Political Science. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester. Professor Basu.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to Political Science majors and to students who have demonstrated an interest in doing research on India.

Cost: $13.00 ?

POSC 467 - L/D

Section 01
W 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM CLAR 100

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Macmillan Katherine Boo Amherst Books TBD
Social Movements in India Rowman & Littlefield Ray & katzenstein Amherst Books TBD
Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism Through Seven Lives in India University of Minnesota Press Writers & Nagar Amherst Books TBD
South Asian Feminisms Duke University Press Loomba & Lukose Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2017