THE MAKING OF MODERNITY: VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL REVOLUTION IN THE SOUTH ASIAN CONTEXT

Author
Prakash Kona
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Conjuntura Austral: Journal of the Global South
Volume
9
Issue Number
48
Publication Date
2018
Institution
Conjuntura Austral: Journal of the Global South
Abstract
In Weapons of the Weak: Everyday forms of Peasant ResistanceJames C. Scott notes in the Preface that “most subordinate classes throughout most of history have rarely been afforded the luxury of open, organized, political activity” (SCOTT, 1985: xv). In the same Preface, Scott adds, “Formal, organized political activity, even if clandestine and revolutionary, is typically the preserve of the middle class and the intelligentsia” (SCOTT, 1985: xv). While acts of resistance undoubtedly play a role in giving the poor an opportunity to fight anunjust order, these acts might not constitute social and political change. Acts of resistance operate through a politics of negotiation and do not necessarily form the basis of a carefully thought out plan of action engineered to bring about radical gainsto working and subaltern classes.
Topic
Popular Revolt, Violence, Revolution, Modernization
Political Geography
South Asia, India