Can Anti-Globalization, "New" and "Old" Social Movements Work Together?
RC44 Labor Movements
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.
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