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CSSGJ Annual Lecture – Michael Burawoy, Social Movements in the Neoliberal Age


The Annual Lecture from the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) was given by Professor Michael Burawoy from the University of California, Berkeley who spoke on ‘Social Movements in the Neoliberal Age’.


Michael Burawoy is a world scholar with a focus on social movements over the last four years – ranging from the Arab Uprisings to the Indignados, from the land struggles in Asia, Africa and Latin America to student movements against the privatisation of higher education, from labour struggles to the Occupy Movement – that are calling for a new social theory linking social movements to state-sponsored commodification of labour, nature, money and knowledge. Building on the shoulders of Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation, Burawoy is seeking a new sociology that reconstructs Polanyi’s theory for the new century just as he reconstructed Karl Marx’s theory of capitalism for the twentieth century.


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