Journal article / Radicalised Civil Society and Protracted Political Actions in Kerala

Bijukumar, V. ‘Radicalised Civil Society and Protracted Political Actions in Kerala (India): A Socio-Political Narrative’. Asian Ethnicity. Published ahead of print, 7 May 2019.

Abstract (edited): Kerala modernity and its widely acclaimed model of development, among other factors, is a result of radicalised civil society and protracted political action.

The political actions of multiple actors such as social reform movements, communist movements, public theatre, people’s science movements, library, and radical public policy played a decisive role in this direction.

In contrast to the two dominant conceptions of modernity – western capitalist modernity and eastern socialist modernity, which conceptualised that modernity is the result of industrialisation and centralised planning and development, respectively – modernity in Kerala was the result of political actions from below, which forced the state to adopt radical social and political reforms.

These exceptionalities in Kerala modernity distinct itself from the rest of the modernities in societies of the Global South.

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