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2020

Global Struggles and Social Change
Hot off the Presses: Christopher Chase-Dunn

The Center for Ideas & Society presents a book talk with Christopher Chase-Dunn (Sociology, UCR) and co-author Paul Almeida, "Global Struggles and Social Change From Prehistory to World Revolution in the Twenty-First Century"

This is a book about global social movements and the impacts that they have had and will have, on the institutional structure of global society. The main concepts used to analyze the history of world politics are globalization, the world-system, neoliberalism, Global North and South, the welfare state, social citizenship, social movements, and world revolutions. The authors are sociologists who have done research on transnational social movements in Latin America and on human sociocultural evolution. They emphasize the often-ignored distinction between ‘structural globalization’ and the capitalist-inspired globalization project. Chapter 1 declares that ‘Collective behavior and social movements have been important drivers of social change since the emergence of human language.’ This sets the tone for the whole book, implicitly criticizing the ‘presentism’ of most social science and enhancing it with a very long historical perspective. The theoretical stance behind this is labeled ‘institutional materialism’. Chase-Dunn and Almeida combine both functional and social movement theories to deploy a world-system perspective for analyzing the evolution of world politics.

2016

On the Line

The artists of The Moving Matters Traveling Workshop (MMTW) were born and have lived in different countries. Yet they share a common story of serial migration. While a cosmopolitan may evolve from provincialism toward global consciousness and an immigrant may feel torn between two countries, the “serial migrant” is shaped by her implication in successive environments and the effort to make herself of them all. Since 2013, the artists of the MMTW have taken UC Riverside Professor of Anthropology Susan Ossman’s analysis of serial migrants’ struggles in Moving Matters Paths of Serial Migration as a springboard for further research, fashioning themselves as a collective to examine their common experience of serial migration by producing works of art, exhibitions and performances to probe the politics of movement, migration, and sequestration.

The performance and exhibition of MMTW Memory Books at the Culver Center accompany the Serial Migrants Art and Identity conference at the Center for Ideas and Society. Memory Books chronicle the imaginative and effective development of the project.

Details about MMTW events occurring internationally as well as in the United States since 2013: https://movingmattersworkshops.ucr.edu/past_events/