This collection of works by critical sociologists of various nationalities focuses on cutting-edge approaches to conflict-driven social change. By emphasizing the role played by contemporary social movements such as environmentalists, migrant organizations, world social forum activists and others, these studies grapple with diverse forms of organized resistance in the 21st Century. From homeless peoples displaced by Hurricane Katrina to young Muslim women refusing to shun their veils in French schools, the logic of a new generation of protest is deciphered with an eye to learning from as well as informing new social forces demanding progressive change. The result is an affirmation of the continuing relevance of critical sociology in analyzing key social contradictions in the United States, Mexico, and beyond.
Richard “Ricardo” A. Dello Buono, Ph.D. (Boston College, 1986) in Social Economy, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Manhattan College. His research areas include comparative social problems and Latin American/Caribbean Studies. Recent works include Latin America after the Neoliberal Debacle, with Ximena de la Barra (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), and Imperialism, Neoliberalism and Social Struggles in Latin America, with Jose Bell Lara (Brill, 2007).
David Fasenfest, PhD (University of Michigan, 1984) in Sociology, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wayne State University, and Editor of the journal Critical Sociology. He has published widely on community development, income inequality and critical sociology. Most recently, he edited Engaging Social Justice: Critical Studies of 21st Century Social Transformation (Brill, 2009).
Notes on Contributors
1. Writing the Relationship of Resistance and Social Change, Richard A. Dello Buono
PART I. SOCIAL MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE
2. Environmentalism and the Family of Anti-Systemic Movements: Toward a Global Movement of Movements?,
Matthew Kaneshiro & Kirk Lawrence
3. New Orleans and the Dialectics of Post-Katrina Reconstruction, A. Kathryn Stout
4. The Social Forum Process and the Praxis of Race, Class, Gender and Sexualities, Rose Brewer
5. A Bunch of Criminals? Analyzing Political Armed Violence as a Social Production Process, Simon Sottsas
PART II. OPPOSITIONAL POLITICS IN MEXICO
6. Fifteen Years of NAFTA: The Impact on Rural Mexico, Irma Lorena Acosta Reveles
7. Power and resistance in post-NAFTA Mexico: Transformational and System-stabilizing NGOs, Krista
8. As Neoliberal Crises Persist, Indigenous-led Movements Resist: Examining the current social and
political-economic conjuncture in Southern Mexico, Molly Talcott
PART III. MIGRATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
9. The Production of the “Illegal Subject”, Nicole Trujillo-Pagan
10. Migration, Transnationalism and Post-Modernity, Alejandro I. Canales & Israel Montiel Armas
11. The Global Structuring of Gender, Race, and Class: Conceptual Sites of its Dynamics and Resistance in the Philippine Experience, Ligaya Lindio-McGovern
12. Dismantling the Defensive Wall of the Colonized: The Veil and the French Law on Secularity and Conspicuous Religious Symbols in Schools, Mohammad A. Chaichian
Everyone interested in understanding recent challenges to neoliberalism, the importance and impact of migration, social movements, and forms of resistance to repressive global economic changes.