Networks, History, Race and the Nation-State – Movement Experiments in the Trump Era
Post-Trump, the contradictions and tensions about race and national identity and about the relationship between nation-states and movements are central and need to be examined. Examining a catalogue of hundreds of protest events in the US in 2016 and 2017, one find shifts in the form of movement activity and an increasing centrality of identity claims. When combined with an analysis of movement statements and organizational maps – one can track the way movements are experimenting with and pushing beyond the classic movement-state dynamic. This paper explains these shifts by emphasizing the convergence of global movement networks, a crisis of, and confrontation with existing political and economic logics and institutions and historic racial and colonial inequities.