XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010


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Research Committee on
Social Classes and Social Movements RC47

Programme Coordinators
Henri Lustiger Thaler, Ramapo College, USA, lustigerthaler@aol.com
Antimo Farro, University Roma "La Sapienza", Italy, antimoluigi.farro@uniroma1.it

Congress Programme


Main Theme
Globalization, Risk, Crisis and Subjectivity

The aim of the RC47 scientific program at the ISA World Congress in Gotenburg Sweden in 2010 is to creatively and innovatively explore theories of collective action in the context of the current global crisis. We seek questions that articulate the current crisis - in its global, integrated and systemic form - to the question of subjectivity and the role of the subject in these momentous changes. The question we now ask in these transformative times: what are the likely outcomes and future of this turbulence in terms of our understanding of collective action and the future of globalization processes. 

Sessions descriptions

Session 12: United we stand? Social movements in Eastern and Western Europe Organizer: TransNet Research Group: Christoph Haug, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany, haug@wzb.eu, Kerstin Jacobsson, Södertörn University, Sweden and Adrienne Sörbom, Stockholm University, Sweden
The session focuses on social movements in Eastern and Western Europe. It has often been argued that civil society functions differently in countries of the former Soviet block and Western Europe, and that the conditions for social movement mobilization and collective action differ in these regions. How does that express itself in the workings and the culture of different movements in this current period of crisis? And, to what extent are these differences relevant for newer transnationalized movements, such as the global justice movements? How does a transnational movement working various national contexts? We especially invite papers with empirical findings and/or a comparative perspective. We also invite papers about processes of transnational networking and coalition-building involving East and West.

Session 14: Suffering and Politics : New Sociological Perspectives?. Part I
Organizer: Marie Cristine Doran, Université d'Ottawa, Canada, Marie-Christine.Doran@uottawa.ca
Coming across problematics of violence, rights, domination/emancipation et religion, the scope of social suffering is the object of diverse representations, narratives and social claims. On one hand, themes such as poverty, violence, humanitarian catastrophes and human rights are among the most important for institutionalized political actors, which seek to reorganize suffering and present it in such a way that there can be a precise solution to it. On the other hand, the expression of suffering itself is often quite “disorganizing” for these political logics, and categories such as “victims”, “beneficiaries”, “poor and indigent” are then questioned by social subjects. Sociology is therefore summoned to analyze the new intersections between concrete expressions of social suffering and their political translations, in different fields: how do the logics of politics, that are based on the segmentation of suffering such as “demands”, “political mediation”, or the political use of “reconciliation” articulate with the social expression of suffering, that often come “from below”, such as “Memory”, “collective expression” and “healing”? Where does the politization of suffering take place in these encounters that are often confrontations? We shall give a special attention to the emergence of the Politics of Emotion in Latin America –and elsewhere- since it offers a new context where phenomena such as the influence of religions of emotion (Pentecostalism in particular), civil violence, social movements against impunity, political action of Indigenous movements and populist tendencies define new relations between social suffering and Politics.