The session “Old or new cycles of contention? Anarchist strains in contemporary social movements” is aimed to present the recent anti-capitalist mobilizations from all over the world. The particular focus is on elements of anarchist critique and modes of organization that can be found in these mobilizations.
Answers to questions of how the movements and the activists frame their struggles, what kind of protest repertoire they choose and how they organize can help to determine whether we are facing a continuity of anarchist-inspired protests or a new cycle of contention. By focusing on the radical voices of grassroots groups opposing (neoliberal) capitalism a new perspective on the condition of the broader left can be presented, particularly interesting in the times of economic crisis.
Friday, July 18, 2014: 3:30 PM-5:20 PM
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)
Grzegorz PIOTROWSKI, Södertörn University, Sweden
When People Fight By Themselves. Anarchist Practices and Values In Grassroots Groups
Tommaso GRAVANTE, COMPOLITICAS-Seville University, Spain
Sources and Prospects of the Anarchist Method in the Arab Spring
Mohammed BAMYEH, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Struggling Against Capitalism: Informal Education, Insurrection and Everyday Life of Russian Anarchists (Oral Presentation)
Daria LITVINA, Center for Youth Studies, Russia
Solidarity (and alternative) Economy and Its Anarchist Grammar
Bruno FRERE, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (University of Liege), Belgium
Producing the Collective Subject: Anarchist Practices at the People’s High School in Buenos Aires
Meghan KRAUSCH, University of Minnesota, USA