Can Anti-Globalization, "New" and "Old" Social Movements Work Together?

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)
RC44 Labor Movements

Language: English

Joint Session, RC 48 and RC 44


Professor Lev Grinberg, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University

Professor Rina Agarwala, Dept. of Sociology, John Hopkins University


The 2011 global wave of protests against inequality, neoliberal economic policies, and corrupt political elites uncovered new potential for protest coordination, coalition building, framing and agency. On one hand, the protests failed to produce unique repertoires, actors, coalitions, framings, demands and agendas. On the other hand, they weakened previously assumed distinctions between anti-globalization, "old" and "new" social movements, and facilitated new coalitions, building bridges and shared views between different actors ranging from unions to new social and anti-globalization movements. The result has been an enormously varied pattern of contemporary anti-globalization movements.

The session invites papers that examine and analyze these patterns. Specifically: What facilitated cooperation between social and labor movements, and what were the obstacles? What were the implications of these coalitions (successful and failed)? The proposed session will welcome both, analysis of concrete local cases and comparisons between cases, mainly seeking to contribute to the theory of social and labor movements.

Session Organizers:
Lev GRINBERG, Ben Gurion University, Israel and Rina AGARWALA, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Oral Presentations
Overcoming the Divide between Redistributive and Cultural Protest? – the Protests Against Ttip in Germany 2015
Priska DAPHI, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt / Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Distributed Papers