Increasingly, the success of BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movements in the United States is shifting the terms of the debate on Israel and Palestine. In 2014, UAW 2865 became the first major US labor union to pass a resolution urging divestment from companies involved in the Israeli occupation.
Silicon Valley’s amorality problem arises from the blind faith many place in progress. The narrative of progress provides moral cover to the tech industry and lulls people into thinking they no longer need to exercise moral judgment.
Radical “social movement unionism” has become a trendy concept among graduate student unions. But the goals of union activists must be evaluated not just in terms of desirability or rhetorical militancy, but also in light of the concrete outcomes of their work.
We live in an era in which it is increasingly normal for individuals not only to reject the power of corporations over their lives, but for some to even occupy public space and defy police and established authorities. Ben Manski discusses how this era was inaugurated on November 30th, 1999 in the streets of Seattle.
Police violence has never been about the guilt or innocence of just one officer. Now, the spotlight on Ferguson has revealed with a renewed, sharper focus a deep divide in our society and highlighted persistent systemic inequalities.
Two months after the relaunch of the BJS, we are now calling for submissions to be published online in the winter and spring of 2015. If your writing examines the world through a sociological lens, we are interested in hearing from you.
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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