Social Movement Studies in a Polarized World : Critical Balances
Five years after the start of a global wave of movements that have erupted dozens of countries on all continents, 2016 will be remember as the year of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the ‘No’ to the referendum for peace in Colombia. Have social movements stopped to produce and transform their society, as Touraine stated in the 1970s? The current panorama rather pleas for better taking into account both progressive and conservative movements, the latter having been overlooked by social movement research in the last decades.
This panel will be a space to reflect on the way our world has been transformed both by right-wing popular movements, violent waves of repression against activists and the back of authoritarian regimes with popular support; and by progressive movements, resistances or alternative practices rooted in local and daily life. It will gather panelists from different continents, with a special focus on movements that have to face authoritarian governments.