Theorizing Social Movements and Expressions of Contestation: Towards a Global Dialogue

Friday, July 18, 2014: 8:30 AM-10:20 AM
Room: 411
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)

Language: English

For a long time social movement theories were practically synonymous of North American and European social movement theories. Although there was never a completely uncritical reception of these theories in Latin America, Africa and Asia, in recent decades the theorization of social practices and experiences of contestation of these regions has moved towards a more original, consistent and less Eurocentric perspective. At the same time, frames of interpretation and theoretical frameworks begin to move toward an increasingly global dialogue. Somehow, this is not unique to the debate on social movements and accompanies a broader movement in the social sciences. This session aims to present theoretical proposals to interpret collective action, social and cultural contentious expressions and social movements, with emphasis on the Global South. However, unlike some contemporary interpretations, the goal is not discard “Northern” theories and experiences, but weaving a critical and global dialogue based on the consideration of the specificities of the local joints and societies; the diversity of political cultures and national/regional traditions of thoughts; the historical and spatial constructions of social conflict, and so on. Critical, reflexive and contextual theories are especially welcome.
Session Organizers:
Breno BRINGEL, Universidade Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Shujiro YAZAWA, Seijo University, Japan
Ryoko KOSUGI, Tohoku University, Japan
Contentious Politics and the Global South (Oral Presentation)
Renata MOTTA, Free University Berlin, Germany

Subjective Struggles and Collective Movements (Oral Presentation)
Antimo Luigi FARRO, Universitŕ di Roma La Sapienza, Italy

Subjectivity and Social Change In Social Struggles In Mexico (Distributed Paper)
Jorge REGALADO SANTILLÁN, Guadalajara University, Mexico; Tommaso GRAVANTE, Seville University, Spain

From Protest Event to Protest Wave: A Theoretical Appraisal on the World-Historical Perspective (Distributed Paper)
Chungse JUNG, Binghamton University, SUNY, USA

Social Justice, a Key Concept in the Social Movements of the Last Hundred Years in Iran (Distributed Paper)
Saeid YARMOHAMMADI, Independent Scholar, Iran