Introduction to Power & Prefiguration Forum

The recent global wave of revolt has reinvigorated a crucial (and longstanding) question on the Left: what kind of a politics is to be pursued, here and now, if we are to build a more democratic and egalitarian society? The prevailing narrative suggests that contemporary social movements provide us with a novel answer: a kind […]

Thirty Years of Landless Workers Demanding State Power

How do relationships between left-leaning political parties and social movements change over time? Rebecca Tarlau looks at the case of the Brazilian Landless Worker’s Movement (MST) and the Workers’ Party (PT), examining the complexity of state-society relations — asking whether social movements can be “prefigurative” while still contesting state power.

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Introduction to Power & Prefiguration Forum

The recent global wave of revolt has reinvigorated a crucial (and longstanding) question on the Left: what kind of a politics is to be pursued, here and now, if we are to build a more democratic and egalitarian society? The prevailing narrative suggests that contemporary social movements provide us with a novel answer: a kind […]


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Power & Prefiguration (pt 1)

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.

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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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