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Social Movements

Social Movements

CLASS: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!

The modern labourer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the process of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth” K. Marx and F. Engels, Communist Manifesto, 1848

How to conceptualise class in the face of expanded impoverishment, commodification of social rights, increased social and spatial segregation, criminalised poor, austerity, global wars and ecological crisis? Under the contemporary conditions of capitalism, as class based inequalities have become sharper, the ways in which class is conceptualised matter more with respect to its political consequences.

With the discussion of class re-emerging in the social sciences, we hope to both foregrounds its centrality and search for critical perspectives. Perspectives which might shift the direction of class struggle from attacks on the ‘undeserving poor’ to the potentialities of the revolutionary class.

“A Sense of Inequality: 5 approaches, 3 themes and a variation”

Dr Wendy Bottero, The University of Manchester

“Class: Don’t Mention the War”

Professor Andrew Sayer, Lancaster University

“Sociology and Its Poor: Rethinking Social Class”

Dr Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University

Organised by: Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

Date: Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Time: 16:15 – 18:30

Location: Cavendish Colloquium Room (Faraday Building LB02), Lancaster University

See: https://twitter.com/SociologyLancs/status/435382047591260160

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Marx's Grave

Marx’s Grave

A DISCUSSION OF MARXISM AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Panel discussion with Laurence Cox, Jeff Goodwin, and John Krinsky.

 

 

See: http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/?wpmlmethod=newsletter&id=157&mailinglist_id=1&subscriber_id=1125&authkey=9be40cee5b0eee1462c82c6964087ff9

Marxism is a body of theory that developed from and was crafted for social movements. The work of Marx and Engels represents a distillation of the experiences, debates, theories and conflicts faced by the popular movements of the nineteenth century, that sought in turn to contribute to those movements’ further development. Subsequent developments of Marxist theory in the twentieth century were intimately linked to the development of oppositional political projects across the globe, ranging from revolutionary struggles against imperialist wars and capitalism itself to anti-colonial movements and the emergence of new forms of popular assertion in the post-WWII era. And yet, if the main figures of ‘classical Marxism’ all used the term ‘movement’, none seems to have developed any explicit theorization of the term. Moreover, while Marxists have produced ground-breaking studies of specific movements, they have apparently not produced an explicit ‘theory of movements’ – that is, a theory which specifically explains the emergence, character and development of social movements. Nor have they explored how the concept of ‘movement’ might be interwoven with other foundational concepts in Marxist theory like class struggle, hegemony and revolution or human species being, alienation and praxis.

This panel discussion, based on a new edited volume, Marxism and Social Movements, which unites contributions from six continents about both contemporary and historical struggles, will explore the ways in which the study of movements and Marxist analysis can be brought into closer dialogue.

Laurence Cox directs the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and co-edits the activist / academic social movements journal Interface. He is co-editor of Marxism and Social Movements and of Understanding European Movements: New Social Movements, Global Justice Struggles, Anti-Austerity Protest (Routledge) as well as co-author of the forthcoming We Make Our Own History: Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism (Pluto). He has been involved in a wide range of social movements, in Ireland and elsewhere.

Jeff Goodwin is Professor of Sociology at New YorkUniversity and a recent chair of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association. He is author of No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (Cambridge), and co-editor, with James Jasper, of Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements (Chicago) (also co-edited by Francesca Polletta), The Social Movements Reader, 2nd ed. (Wiley-Blackwell), and Contention in Context (Stanford).

John Krinsky is Associate Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York. He is co-editor of Marxism and Social Movements (with Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, and Alf Gunvald Nilsen; Brill 2013; Haymarket 2014) and author of Free Labor: Workfare and the Contested Language of Neoliberalism. He is on the editorial board of Social Movement Studies and Metropolitiques/Metropolitics, on the board of the Center for Place Culture and Politics, and is, with James Jasper, a convener of the Politics and Protest Workshop at the CUNYGraduateCenter. Through a combination of his activism and scholarship, he is a founding officer of the New York City Community Land Initiative and a Solidarity Board member of Community Voices Heard.

Sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics

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