W012
Globalisation, crises and imagination in contemporary social movements

Convenors:
Cédric Masse (Research Centre on Political Action - University of Lausanne)
Eliane Fernandes Ferreira (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Location:
Rowan Room 2
Start time:
25 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Globalisation has contributed to the emergence of social movements. What kind of imagination acting against current crises do contemporary social movements propose? We invite ethnographically rooted papers focusing on identities, practices and mobilisations of social movements in diverse contexts.

Long abstract:

The intensification of globalisation from the 1990s has contributed to the emergence, until today, of social movements. Globalisation and its related crises have incited people across the world to associate themselves around social movements in order to find alternatives to problems that affect them. What kind of imaginative processes acting against crises do contemporary social movements propose? How do they look alike? Identities play a role in these processes and are built around particular discourses that generate representations and sense for the actors. Beyond discourses, social movements are a more or less structured space of concrete practices, interactions and mobilisation. We invite ethnographically rooted papers focusing on identities, practices and mobilisations of social movements in diverse cultural settings.