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Civil Society, Social Movement and Resistance Research: CSM-RESIST

Forum for Civil Society and Social Movement Research (CSM)

With around 15 researchers studying different forms of social movements, the department is one of the major research environments in Europe in the field. In order to further strengthen the environment, the Forum for Civil Society and Social Movement Research (CSM) was formed in 2011. CSMs’ aim is to develop and deepen our understanding of social movements and social change.

A social movement is a form of organized collective action aiming for, or resisting, social change. Examples of social movements that have played important roles in shaping modern societies – and which are still active - are the Labor Movement, the Women’s Movement, the Environmental Movement and the Peace Movement. Since the turn of the millennium, new movements have emerged, some of them with significant influence on societal developments. Examples of these are the Global Justice Movement, the Arabic Spring, the Indignados Movement and Occupy. We have also seen the emergence of new nationalist and religious movements with a neo-Conservative Agenda.

CSM is based at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, with close ties to other departments and research centers at GU as well as a number of international research networks. CSM organizes seminars, workshops, conferences and co-ordinates research projects.

The Resistance Studies research group (RESIST)

The Resistance Studies research group (RESIST) adopts a critical approach to the study of various aspects of ”resistance” and to the relationship between resistance, power and social change. The group focuses on relations of power in order to understand global social change because power is usually closely related to resistance. By honing attention to resistance it is possible to explore a multitude of action forms that expresses opposition to contemporary issues of democracy, culture, security and development. This is of particular interest for studies of the global South. In this context, research into relations of power and various aspects of action, ‘governmentality’ and biopolitics, as well as ‘everyday resistance’ by local groups and individuals are highly relevant. The overall ambition of this group is to contribute with both empirical studies and theoretical development within its own fields of interest but it also aims to disseminate the results of its ongoing and completed projects. The group intends to strengthen research collaboration by holding seminars with invited guests at which ongoing research is discussed in preparation for publication. It also promotes the development of new interdisciplinary research projects and the organisation of conferences.
For more information, please contact: Håkan Thörn (CSM) or Stellan Vinthagen (RESIST)

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