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Social Resistance in Non-Democracies

About the symposium

Unlike the situation in liberal democratic states, social resistance in non-democracies faces higher risks of coercive suppression, and encounters more constraints in terms of accessing resources or mobilizing support from the community. Such limitations force social resistance actors to adapt themselves frequently throughout their lifespan in response to pressures imposed on them. To endure in a restricted political environment, social resistance within these states may be in the form of passive, latent, or quiet activities, yet yield significant political consequences.

This symposium aims to understand different types of social resistance in non-democracies, and to what extent they have yielded significant political claims. How and why are some social resistance movements successful in eliciting reactions and compromises from the state, while others do not? Through analyzing case studies from Asia, this symposium also compares the active and dynamic power relationships between social resistance actors and the regimes, as well as reactions of the regimes towards these resistances.


The symposium features invited lectures and peer-reviewed paper presentations. The scope of the symposium includes but is not limited to the following themes:

  • Case studies of social resistance from Southeast Asia, East Asia or South Asia.
  • Types of social resistance in non-democracies
  • Relationships between social resistance agents and the states
  • State reactions towards social resistance

All sessions of Focus Asia are open to the public and admission is free of charge.

For more information, please email Dr. Ming Chee ANG at ming_chee [dot] ang [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se





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25-26 November


  • 25 November
    Venue: Palaestra Et Odeum (Paradisgatan 4, Lundagård)
  • 26 November
    Venue: Edens Auditorium (Paradisgatan 5H, Kvarteret Paradis)

ming_chee [dot] ang [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se


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Focus Asia poster november 2014

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
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