Social movements studies and social critique

Juan Pablo Rodríguez*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter turns to an investigation of how the topic of ‘social critique’ has been tackled within social movements studies. Rodríguez synthesises some of the main strands of social movement studies, focusing particularly on the ‘return’ of capitalism to social movements studies. The chapter traces the trajectory of social movement studies and the response of scholars to the ‘common agenda’ and to ‘macro’ and reductionist accounts of collective action, sketching out possible areas of convergence between critical social theory and recent developments in social movement studies. Crucially, the idea of ‘critique in movement’ is introduced here as an articulating concept between critical social theory and social movement studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResisting Neoliberal Capitalism in Chile
Subtitle of host publicationThe Possibility of Social Critique
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-32108-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-32107-9
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameMarx, Engels, and Marxisms
ISSN (Print)2524-7123
ISSN (Electronic)2524-7131

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