Subversive Action

Extralegal Practices for Social Justice

Table of contents

Table of Contents
Subversive Action: Extralegal Practices for Social Justice, edited by Nilan Yu and Deena Mandell


Introduction: Introduction and Salt Making | Nilan Yu and Deena Mandell

Chapter 1: Social Justice and Social Work: Convergence and Divergence in the Wake of the Toronto G20 | Deena Mandell and Alex Hundert

Chapter 2: Challenging State Aggression against Indigenous Australians | John Tomlinson

Chapter 3: Politicizing Welfare and Humanizing Politics: Social Workers Opposing Apartheid South Africa's Policies | Thérèse Sacco and Jeanette Schmid

Chapter 4: Social Workers, Resistance and Martial Law in the Philippines: A View from Below | Mary Lou Alcid

Chapter 5: Medha Patkar's Environmental Activism and Professional Social Work: Mass Legitimacy and Myopic Structures | Manohar Pawar and Venkat Pulla

Chapter 6: Challenging State's Authority and Reclaiming Citizenship: Challenging the Eviction and Deportation of Pavement Dwellers in Bombay, India | Purnima George and Ferzana Chaze

Chapter 7: Nonviolent Resistance: The Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil | Wilder Robles

Chapter 8: Subversive Education: Turning Coercive Encounters into Transformative Possibilities | Martha Kuwee Kumsa

Conclusion: Rights, Justice, the Law, and Extralegal Action | Nilan Yu

About the Contributors



Raises questions about the boundaries of social work and the use of extralegal action in the pursuit of human rights and social justice.

Mainstream conceptions of social work usually consider it to fall within the framework of particular legal and societal contexts. As such, it is presented with boundaries for legitimate action even as it espouses principles that may require it to challenge these boundaries. How does one do social work in legal and societal contexts that challenge these principles with institutional and state-mandated exclusion and discrimination? This book provides a basis for reflection on the claims we make in social work embodied in discourses on social justice and human rights.