Prefiguration or Actualization? Radical Democracy and Counter-Institution in the Occupy Movement

Comparing Occupy Wall Street and an outgrowth of the movement in the SF Bay Area called Occupy the Farm, participant-researcher Daniel Murray argues that the movement for radical democracy must do more than create spaces for discourse and dissent. It must be a movement of democratic counter-institutions.

How to Change the World: Institutions and Movements Both Matter

It will take well-designed alternative institutions and robust popular movements to create a better world. Gabriel Hetland explores the complicated relationship between institution- and movement-building that has taken place in Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution”, highlighting the lessons activists and scholars in the US might learn from this. 

Fieldnotes on the Death of Alejandro Nieto

As an anthropologist, my research lies at the intersection of gentrification, displacement, evictions and resistance to these processes in New York City and San Francisco. As I carry out my ethnographic fieldwork I feel myself drawn to poetry as a different way of documenting and engaging in what I am observing and experiencing. In particular […]


Bringing the Organization Back In: Social Media and Social Movements

In the digital era of so-called Facebook revolutions or hashtag activism, many claim that participation in social movements is individualized and personalized, but building and sustaining a political movement, even an online movement, still requires organization.

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Power & Prefiguration

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.



Power & Prefiguration (pt 2)

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.



Struggles for the Public University

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.




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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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