WELCOME

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 ‘survival 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.

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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International Conference
‘Living Politics: Self Help and Autonomous Action in East Asia and Beyond’
Conference Program
14 to 16 March 2018 | 9 to 6PM
Seminar Room, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU

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