The sixteenth annual Global Studies Association conference took place at the University of California, Berkeley with the theme “Social Movements: Left and Right.” Over the past decade there has been an upsurge of the left and right, both responding to the growing crisis of neo-liberalism, globalization, war, and environmental destruction. The movement to the right has not only organized a nationalist social base, many states have also taken an authoritarian turn. In opposition the left has carried out mass mobilizations and built social movements. These trends are clearly evident in the us, but this is a global social phenomenon clearly reflected in the presentations at the conference. Panel speakers reported on a varied set of countries including Spain, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Philippines, Turkey, Morocco, Cameron, Mexico, Cuba, and Guatemala. These diverse articles offer a rich and deep exploration of the conference theme. Not only are they academically rigorous, but more importantly, useful for discussions on the political policies and movement strategies to achieve social justice.The first section consists of presentations by three of our keynote speakers. George Katsiaficas begins with a broad global survey of protest movements since 1968. He writes of a “universal identity,” and celebrates
Perspectives on Global Development and Technology – Brill
Published: Feb 13, 2018
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