Democratizing Indian Democracy? Social Movements and the State in India: Towards a New Research Agenda

Project Team: Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Timeframe: 01/01/2014 - 01/01/2016

To what extent are social movements capable of deepening democracy in India in such a way as to enhance the political voice of subaltern groups and thereby enable them to challenge their adverse incorporation into socioeconomic structures? This is the central research question that will be addressed by this project, which seeks to define an ambitious new research agenda in relation to the study of the relationship between social movements, the state, and democracy in India from 1920 until the present. The project will be carried out by a team consisting of Alf Gunvald Nilsen (Principal Investigator) and two postdoctoral researchers.