Thursday, January 17, 2008

Political Protest, Social Movements, and Revolution


Debra Javeline quizás no sea tan conocida en América Latina, por obvias razones. Su enfoque regional se centra en Rusia y Europa del Este. Es autora de Protest and the Politics of Blame: The Russian Response to Unpaid Wages. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003. Lleva varios años dictando el curso y lo que hace particularmente interesante es que busca aplicar la clásica y gruesa teoría en protestas, acción colectiva y movimientos sociales a una multiplicidad de regiones, de acuerdo con los intereses de los alumnos. De acuerdo con lo expuesto por los alumnos en la primera sesión, habrá mucha discusión sobre América Latina, Europa del Este y Medio Oriente, en ese orden.

El objetivo del curso es el siguiente:

“This course looks at various theories of collective action and social movements. It will examine theoretical debates about why individuals and groups occasionally redress their grievances through protest and more often endure hardships passively. It will evaluate the relative merit of these theories in explaining cases of protest and passivity worldwide, and it will briefly compare these theories to those that attempt to explain the most extreme of all protests, revolution”.

Algunas preguntas centrales que se discutirán en el curso son:

Is protest irrational? Does it express an illness of society? Or Protest is rational and expresses a healthy and functioning aspect of society?
Is protest just only about emotions and anger or it can be guide by rational choice, instrumental, cost-benefit calculations? Or both?
How much of collective action is actually collective? Which are the roles of leaders and political entrepreneurs?
Why men rebel? Why men do not rebel?

Precisamente la discusión de la próxima semana, bajo el titulo de Deprivation and Protest, girara en torno al clásico de Ted Robert Gurr, Why Men Rebel. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1970.

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