This book provides an accessible account of popular political,
social and economic movements in the Third World. Focusing on poor
and marginalized groups within developing countries, it shows how
these groups have been stimulated into action by recent demands for
political and economic change.
Haynes describes the growing interest in democratic change in the
Third World during the 1980s and 1990s, and argues that demands for
democracy, human rights and economic change were a widespread
catalyst for the emergence of hundreds of thousands of popular
movements in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Sometimes these took
the form of demands for more political representation and greater
economic development; others were concerned with environmental
protection, the broad position of women and the establishment of
Islamic states and societies.
Haynes argues that these emerging popular organizations are best
regarded as building blocks of civil society that, in time, will
enhance the democratic nature of many political environments in the
The book will be welcomed by students and researchers in
development studies, politics and sociology.
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