For decades now, the field of anthropology has produced a vast amount of scholarship on social movements and protest, providing unique insights into the dynamics and processes of movements, and exploring the social and experiential sides of protest, activism and resistance. At this particular moment in time, with uprisings taking place across the globe, these contributions are not only necessary for the theorization of local and transnational politics, but also essential to a holistic understanding of the current state of society.
With this in mind, this edition of Field Notes will look specifically
at the practice of activism. Contributors will be asked to reflect on
what activism is, how it is experienced, and how it functions as a force
for social and political change. This series of four posts looks at
generating a discussion on activism as a practice, but also activism as a
subject of study. By drawing from contributors’ experiences and diverse
areas of expertise, this series will hopefully not only amount to a
stimulating academic debate, but also contribute to a wider discussion
on the role of activism in society.
Posts in This Series
When Wealth Inequality is Hot “Rock star” is the semantic gift American pundits bestowed on French economist Thomas Piketty as the English-language version of ... More
Between Art and Activism The concept of translation can trigger an endless list of crucial discussions in the context of activism. Translating theory into pra... More
Beyond Established Models and Pathways My first reaction upon learning of the intellectual and political uproar surrounding Thomas Piketty's recent book, Capita... More