In one of the world’s countries most affected by climate change, the struggle for sustainability is directly linked to the struggle for democracy. It remains an uphill battle. Despite the urgency of positive change, reform efforts are constantly—and sometimes violently—thwarted.
Sociology has always been a project of denaturalization – an attempt to cast seemingly self-evident truths about the world as contingencies, and to regard them as historically and culturally specific social facts. Increasingly, this project includes studies of the natural environment itself: By framing events like the Chicago heatwave of 1995 or Hurricane Katrina as […]
Hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy are categorized as natural disasters, yet the disparate impacts of these catastrophic events on vulnerable populations suggest that social disasters may be a more accurate descriptor. Rebecca Rasch investigates the interplay between natural disasters and social structures in Brazil.
Consensus decision-making’s little-known religious origins shed light on why this activist practice has persisted so long despite being unwieldy, off-putting, and ineffective. L.A. Kauffman traces its troubled history and calls for its demise.
Occupy Central is a milestone in relations between Hong Kong and mainland China. For the first time since the return to sovereignty in 1997, the guiding principle of “One Country, Two Systems” is in real jeopardy.
Eric Giannella recently argued in the BJS that Silicon Valley’s faith in progress has led to an ‘amorality problem': We are being sold an overly simplistic world of rational progress. But a more fundamental issue is at stake: we don’t know what we are being sold at all.
Sociology has always been a project of denaturalization – an attempt to cast seemingly self-evident truths about the world as contingencies, and to regard them as historically and culturally specific social facts. Increasingly, this project includes studies of the natural environment itself: By framing events like the Chicago heatwave of 1995 or Hurricane Katrina as social disasters rather than environmental catastrophes, sociologists have drawn attention to social structures that expose particular communities to the risks of heat and flooding, mitigate the impact of weather events, and shape collective responses.
Is the prevailing narrative about the recent global wave of uprisings—that they are "prefigurative" and "leaderless"—really representative of the majority of political organizing today, and of the relationship between movements, the state, and power? Is horizontal “prefigurative politics” the dominant mode of organizing against contemporary global capitalism, or are other forms of politics still flourishing? This forum is a space for counter-arguments to the prevailing story, including and beyond the recent uprisings.
In part one of this forum, four authors examined whether and to what extent the recent global wave of uprisings was really “prefigurative” and “leaderless”—and the implications for movements' relationships to power and the state. Here in part two, four additional authors add breadth and depth to this inquiry, looking at North Carolina's Moral Mondays, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Occupy The Farm, and Venezuela's participatory budgeting.
Around the world over the past decade students, teachers, parents, employees, and citizens have protested against the privatization of the public university. While the dismantling of public education has often been defined by tuition increases and reductions of government funding amidst fiscal crises, this forum reveals deeper political, cultural, and economic machinations. Comprised of a collection of essays and interviews by students on the front lines, the forum links local struggles with broader forces shaping the conflicts and opportunities on the ground.
The Berkeley Journal of Sociology publishes an annual print issue. Our latest issue, Volume 58, was released on October 1, 2014. It features:
“The Audit of Venus”, by Alison Gerber
“We are Humans and Not Dogs”, by Zachary Levenson
“One Day in November”, by Darren Reese-Brown and Mark Jay
“Scavenger Economies”, by Potsiso Phasha
“Union Democracy, Student Labor, and the Fight for Public Education”, by Shannon Ikebe and Alexandra Holstrom-Smith
“Organizing Against Empire: Struggles over the Militarization of CUNY”, by Zoltán Glück, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Isabelle Nastasia, and Conor Tomás Reed
“Flexibility and Fragmentation: Student Activism and Ukraine’s (Euro)Maidan”, by Emily Channell-Justice
“Indignation is Only the First Step: A Discussion with with Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman”, by Zoltán Glück
“Can Prefigurative Politics Replace Political Strategy?”, by Jonathan Smucker
“End of the Leaderless Revolution”, by Cihan Tugal
“Thirty Years of Landless Workers Demanding State Power”, by Rebecca Tarlau
“A New Response to Crisis? Jón Ólafsson on the Case of Iceland”, by Thomas Hintze
“Janus: My Captivating Diary”, by Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson and Sara Busch
“Scores of Arabs Were Killed”, by Moriel Rothman
“Fieldnotes on the Death of Alejandro Nieto”, by Manissa McCleave Maharawal
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