Social Movements & Civil Society

Section Chairs

Liz Evans, Goldsmiths, University of London

Celeste Montoya, University of Colorado, Boulder


Description

This section invites papers and panels organized around the intersection of gender, social movements, and civil society.

We interpret this topic to include formal organizations, such as lobbying groups, as well as less formal modes of action performed through transnational networks or social media.

We are also interested in a wide range of social movement activity, from traditional or creative forms of protest to service provision and legislative work.

Research could focus on the gendering of individuals’ roles within these different kinds of groups or networks; on how gendered concerns are represented or produced; on gendered strategies of mobilization; and on the forces that shape the gendering of civil society.  

Recent high profile movements, such as Black Lives Matter, Ni una menos and #MeToo, have highlighted the diversity, complexity and dynamics of the politics of protest, emphasising the importance of coalitions and intersectional resistance.

As such, we are keen to receive papers that go beyond an exclusive focus on women-only organising.

We are interested in how gendered mobilization occurs across a range of different organizations and movements of both the left and the right, and the extent to which gendered and/or feminist discourses and practices shape and are re-articulated in wider civil society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As such, we are keen to receive papers that go beyond an exclusive focus on women-only organising.

We are interested in how gendered mobilization occurs across a range of different organizations and movements of both the left and the right, and the extent to which gendered and/or feminist discourses and practices shape and are re-articulated in wider civil society.

Within this broad landscape, we especially encourage submissions that address contemporary trends; that push the theorization of gender, feminism, and social movements in new directions; and/or that explore mobilizations in geographic areas currently underrepresented in the social movement literature (for example, research in the Global South).

Thus, we welcome papers and panels that emphasize intersectional dynamics of gendered mobilizations and organizing and the challenges they pose to hegemonic understandings of gender and feminism (such as "white feminisms" or "Western feminisms"); that push the boundaries of what has traditionally been understood as gendered mobilization so as to address non-binary, queer, or trans gender identities and sexualities or the role of men and masculinity; the activities of gendered mobilization in countries where civil society is under-researched; the co-optation of feminism in conditions of neoliberalism or the rise of the radical right; and the gendered dimensions of current movements organizing around religious extremism, against austerity or for refugee rights.

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