Social Movements and Democracy - Election 2020: UC Berkeley Big Ideas

10/5/2020; 109 minutes

This lecture opens with the breaking news of Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and the super spreader event that broke out in the White House last week. From there we turn to a detailed discussion of social movements, organizing and democracy. Professor Jayaraman discusses the question of power, the elements and goals of organizing, the dynamics of social movements, and the cycles of contention through which social movements grow. She argues that the more people engage in contentious action over a sustained period of time, the more transformative change becomes possible. The discussion concludes with an analysis of how social movements can map power relations and best run campaigns to change public policy. Recorded on 10/05/2020. (#36283)

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