Welcome to a new way of looking at political and social change. ‘Informal life politics‘ is the way that people engage in self-help, non-governmental forms of political action in the face of threats to their life, livelihood or cultural survival. The actions of these groups are ‘political’, but political in an unfamiliar way: they are ‘living politics’. They involve people in activities that are outside the limits of their everyday social roles. Often, quietly, they shake up the social order by impelling people to speak up and to take on tasks that they would not normally be expected to perform. Here, people take politics into their own hands. The material on this site was created as part of the Australian Research Council Laureate Project Informal Life Politics in Northeast Asia: From Cold War to Post Cold War.

Learn more here (particularly in section 4 of podcast)

Look at informal life politics in
China | North Korea | South Korea | Japan | Mongolia | Taiwan

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Project Pamphlet
Living Politics Pamphlet – Web Version

Feature Stories
Unearthing the survival politics of South Korean organic farming – Yonjae Paik
Solving ground water contamination with community science in Inner Mongolia – Uchralt Otede