Introduction to Struggles for the Public University Forum

Around the world over the past decade students, teachers, parents and employees have been protesting against the increasing commercialization and privatization of public education.  The changes since 2008 have been more fundamental than anything before, and deep changes in the structure and dominant attitude of contemporary market democracies are everywhere putting pressure on the values […]

Indignation is Only the First Step: A Discussion with Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman

Interview by Zoltán Glück. Translation by Mary Kate Donnovan Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman were two of the most prominent leaders of the wave of Chilean student mobilizations that began in 2011. This interview was conducted in October 2012 when Vallejo and Titelman were invited to Washington, DC to accept the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.  During […]

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Introduction to Struggles for the Public University Forum

Around the world over the past decade students, teachers, parents and employees have been protesting against the increasing commercialization and privatization of public education.  The changes since 2008 have been more fundamental than anything before, and deep changes in the structure and dominant attitude of contemporary market democracies are everywhere putting pressure on the values […]

Organizing Against Empire: Struggles over the Militarization of CUNY

CUNY is the nation’s largest public urban university with half a million students and tens of thousands of academic workers. Over the past academic year, students, faculty, staff, and communities have organized against efforts by the CUNY administration and the US military to increasingly privatize and militarize the university.

Indignation is Only the First Step: A Discussion with Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman

Interview by Zoltán Glück. Translation by Mary Kate Donnovan Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman were two of the most prominent leaders of the wave of Chilean student mobilizations that began in 2011. This interview was conducted in October 2012 when Vallejo and Titelman were invited to Washington, DC to accept the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.  During […]


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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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Struggles for the Public University (pt 1)

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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Berkeley Journal of Sociology Vol. 58 print issue cover
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