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Media and Global Social Movements

Semester and Year SU 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1764
Section 001
Instructor Paula Chakravartty
Time 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   SOC, GLOBAL


Same as MCC-UE 1826.001. Intensive: May 23 - June 9


The recent wave of protest movements—from the uprisings of the Arab Spring to events closer to home like Occupy Wall Street –have sparked a renewed interest in the role of the media in mobilizing and sustaining social movements with global resonance. This seminar offers students the opportunity to analyze the power and limits of the media in contemporary social movements in recent historical contexts. First, readings will examine the political-economic conditions that have led to the mobilization of social claims for global justice in the last decade. We will then consider a range of critical theoretical perspectives on whether and how media and information technologies have been instrumental in the articulation of such claims. This seminar draws on inter-disciplinary readings from media and cultural studies, anthropology, political science and sociology. Authors we will read include: Asef Bayat, Manuel Castells, Donatella Della Porta, Jodi Dean, Alberto Melluci, Nivedita Menon, Francesca Polletta, Michael Watts, among others.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)