Marcos Perez, Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology (Colby)
Dec. 6 at 7:00 in Lovejoy 100
Throughout history, individuals have organized with others to bring about radical social change. What is it like to be on the front lines fighting for social transformation? Why do people risk life and limb to do so? Social science has addressed these questions in many different ways. This talk will focus on three particularly contentious debates.
First, the problem of human agency: what is the role of individuals in the outcome of revolutions? What matters more for social change, the effort of militants or the contradictions of the order they seek to change?
Second, the role of rationality. Much of the discussion on revolutions and activism has centered on whether insurgency is a rational decision by individuals and groups, an emotional reaction to a particular environment, or a mix of both. What are the different motivations to become a revolutionary? Third, the location of revolution. What (and where) is the best context for revolutionary change? In more or less developed societies? In urban or rural areas? In the global south or north?
Marcos Perez is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Deparment of Sociology. He obtained his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and his research focuses on the experiences of activists in the Unemployed Worker’s Movement in his native Argentina. He has also written about the DREAMer Movement in the United States.