The Power Dynamics of New Social Movements in Post Industrial Society: A Theoritical Analysis.


Since 2011 we have been witnessing different kinds of New Social Movements. The Jasmine Revolution and Arab Spring in the Arab world, the Occupy movement in the developed world and India Against Corruption in my country, India. These and before them like the Civil Rights Movements in Germany, anti-globalisation movement in US, antiwar protests in Europe, indigenous movements in Latin America, underscored the significance of emerging New Social Movements. The New Social Movements that appeared from the 1960s onwards is juxtaposed to the old working class movement that is anchored in Marxist ideology as major anti-dote to capitalist west. Unlike the old working class movement, the New Social Movement is not a monolithic movement in its aspiration. It encompassed variety of issues like environmentalism, human rights, gender, race ethnicity, youth, sexuality, countercultures, pacifism and the like. There are different interpretations regarding the rise of New Social Movement. If one school attributes the emergence of post-industrial society, the other school is of the opnion that the New Social Movement is significantly different from the movements of the industrial economy. The fundamental difference is in their goals. The New Social Movement, unlike the earlier movement, is not focused just on material wellbeing but also is related to the issue of human rights, community identity, culture, environment issues and so on. The New Social Movement is holistic in the sense it encompasses the development of personal, spiritual and expressive forms of protest that create new collective identities while rejecting the instrumental

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Anita Rao, Mangalore University, India
H. A. Shankaranarayana, Techno Arts Constructions, India

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Humanities - Other Humanities

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