Theorizing Populism for the 21st Century

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC16 Sociological Theory (host committee)

Language: English

Populist movements seem to be on the rise around the world, achieving electoral success, increased media publicity, and cultural influence. This panel invites contributors to think theoretically about the nature of populism; the specific nature of its appeal in a 21st century world of mediatization, globalization, and risk society; its influence and impact on democracy and civil society; and the varieties of responses to populism that are beginning to emerge.
Session Organizer:
Ronald JACOBS, University of Albany, USA
Oral Presentations
Intellectuals in Pursuit of Populism: A Historical Perspective
Patrick BAERT, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, United Kingdom; Marcus MORGAN, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Populism and the Power of Performative Transgressions
Werner BINDER, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Distributed Papers
The Spread of Populism in De-Politicized Contemporary Democracies: Features, Origins, Responses
Erica ANTONINI, Sapienza University, Department of Communication and Social Research, Italy
Degrees of Populism. the Use of Distinctions in (Populist) Political Communication
Isabel KUSCHE, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark
The Open Society and Its Enemies Revisited
Aladin EL-MAFAALANI, FH M√ľnster - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Uneven and Combined Populism in the European Union
Floris BISKAMP, University of Kassel, Germany
Populism and Practical Utopianism: Sociological Investigations of Reactionary and Progressive Formations
Mark SMITH, The University of West Indies at St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
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