Politics, Publics, Movements
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GSOC 5146
Course Format: Mobility/Exchange
Permission Required: Yes
- Social Sciences
The effervescent of significant social movements in recent years, from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movements, and their apparent failure to directly lead to immediate political change, has led from unbounded euphoria to despair. In this seminar, we will take a more sober, analytic and longer view. The center of our investigation will be a sociology of publics as they mediate between institutional politics and social movements. We will work on developing a framework for exploring the way movements shape public life, and affect the operations of political parties and the direction of state policy. We will consider social movements as they emerge from problems in established social, political and cultural institutions, and how work to change the social, political and cultural order of things. We will focus on understanding the power and the limitations of publics, and their relationship with movements, parties and states. The approaches to the public of John Dewey, Jurgen Habermas and Hannah Arendt will provide the fundamental groundings of our inquiry. The work of Fraser, Meyrowitz, Dayan, Touraine, Melucci and Jaspers, among others, will be used to extend the investigation.