The curious case of the missing social movement: why the Korku in India do not protest? Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Hasnain, Aseem
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • According to the leading theories in the study of social movements, the presence of persistent oppression, grievances, favorable structural conditions such as political opportunities, social networks and organizations make it reasonable to expect a social movement if one is an optimist, or collective protest(s), if one is a pessimist. The Indigenous Korku community is in such a situation and they also exhibit a robust oppositional consciousness. Yet, there is no social movement, no organized protest, and no mobilization around an existing collective identity, not even 'hidden transcripts' of resistance. I use ethnographic data to detail out discursive practices deployed by actors in this case and argue that the dominant logic emanating from mainstream theories of social movements does not work all the time. I show that what eventually matters, for organized protests or social movements, is a matrix of several elements, some known, some speculative, and some currently unexplained.
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  • Kurzman, Charles
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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