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 section 4)

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