W035
The everyday life of revolutionary movements

Convenors:
Judith Pettigrew (University of Limerick )
Alpa Shah (LSE)
Discussant:
Alpa Shah, David Gellner, Paul Richards
Stream:
Worskhops
Location:
Chem LT3
Start time:
19 September, 2006 at 11:30
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

What is the everyday experience of people's involvement in revolutionary movements? This panel will examine the relationship between ideology, political economy and the politics of social experience and relations within movements.

Long abstract:

This panel is concerned with the everyday life of revolutionary movements. Such movements can involve radically transformed organisation of social relationships, having fundamental implications for ideas of mobility, home, love, marriage, gender, sexuality, family and kinship. They are the sites where European-inspired ideology often intersects with different, and sometimes contradictory, ideas of cultural and social relationships of people both prior to their involvement in the movement and in their lived experience of the movement. While ideology, resistance, politics, violence and the state are themes on which there is a burgeoning literature, the everyday politics of social experience and relations within movements has received little attention in the study of revolution. The papers in this panel will critically examine the relationship between ideology, political economy and the everyday life of revolutionary movements, an agenda that anthropology should be well placed to contribute to. Papers, whether exploring revolutionary instances in separatist movements in Central Europe, Maoist insurgencies in South Asia or guerrilla movements in Latin America will consider a range of issues. One example is revolutionary ideologies of consensual marriage and the potentially contentious relationship between pre-existing ideas and experience of gender, patriarchy and sexuality within the movement. Another example is revolutionary encounters of mobility, place and comradeship with people's often contradictory pre-existing contexts of movement, home and family. And a last example is people's experience of class, inequality and hierarchy and their relationship with perhaps paradoxical revolutionary egalitarian ideologies. A central question guiding these explorations is hence: what is the everyday lived experience of people involved in revolutionary movements?