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Transverse Solidarity: Water, Power, and Resistance


  • K. Ravi Raman

    (University of Manchester, Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM,


Conceived as Transverse Solidarity, the Cola Quit Plachimada struggle in a rural hamlet in the Indian state of Kerala reveals how the socio-economic sustainability of communities is of as much importance as environmental, cultural, and political justification for a social movement and its success. The implicit theoretical notion is further enriched and elucidated by the ethnographic narration of a plurality of contested issues and struggles at multiple sites of power. The study addresses how a water-based subaltern movement gradually grew into transverse solidarity within the space between civil society and the state/governing institutions, politicizing them and consequently making allies of them, and how the discursive and material practices of structure-authorities and macro-power relations were contested. JEL codes: Q25, Q28, N55, O1, O25, O28, Q53, Z1

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  • K. Ravi Raman, 2010. "Transverse Solidarity: Water, Power, and Resistance," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 42(2), pages 251-268, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:42:y:2010:i:2:p:251-268

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    1. Irene Sotiropoulou, 2016. "Solidarity, Grassroots Initiatives and Power Relations," World Economic Review, World Economics Association, vol. 2016(6), pages 1-44, February.

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    Asia; India; Kerala; transverse solidarity; social movement; Coca-Cola;

    JEL classification:

    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • N55 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Asia including Middle East
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O25 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Industrial Policy
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics


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