How Social Movements Produce Alternative Futures

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 14:30-16:20
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)

Language: English

This session aims to explore how social movements create alternative futures in different regions of the world. By their struggles, experiences, values, visions, projects, concrete practices, and strategies, social movements contribute to transform society and open it to alternative futures. Social actors produce different societies in their stuggles, but also in concrete practices, daily life and spaces of experience. This panel will gather researchers of different world regions so as to identify grassroots innovations and draw lessons from comparisons.

Social movements are major actors of our societies and contribute to shaping possible futures. This panel welcomes both concrete analysis and theoretical contributions on how progressive or conservative social movements imagine, shape and implement alternative futures. We notably welcome contributions on how social actors and social movements imagine and contribute to shape alternative lifestyles, policies and sociability in the global age, increasingly shaped by both global interdependency and the finitude of the planet.

This session is proposed as a joint session with RC 47.

Session Organizers:
Markus S. SCHULZ, New School for Social Research, USA and Geoffrey PLEYERS, FNRS/University of Louvain & Coll├Ęge d'Etudes Mondiales, Belgium
Jorge CADENA-ROA, UNAM, Mexico
Oral Presentations
The Shifting Nature of Prefiguration in Social Movements: From Modelling to Expressing Alternatives?
Felix BUTZLAFF, Institute for Social Change and Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria; Michael DEFLORIAN, Institute for Social Change and Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Expectations of the Future As Motivation in New Rightist Movements
Johanna FROEHLICH, University of Oldenburg, Germany, Germany