Movements@Manchester

Hamburg G20 protests and alternative futures

NB This blog post was first published on openDemocracy, as part of the openmovements series. On July 8, 2017, the last day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, an estimated 76,000 people came together under the motto of ‘solidarity without borders instead of G20’ and marked...

Much ado about populism?

A response to Aslanidis (2016) “Populist Social Movements of the Great Recession”, Mobilization 21(3):301-321 (following discussion in the movements@manchester reading group 25th April 2017) Populism is the big news of the 2010s. We’ve had the rise of Trump and Bernie...

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement: Losing Hope

A 500,000 person demonstration, a referendum for universal suffrage, a 79-day Occupy Movement……efforts to fight for democracy in Hong Kong over the past decade or so have not yet paid off. The election for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong held on March 26, 2017...

Report on The Digital Activism Conference

What is ‘digital activism’? Towards the end of a full day conference discussing the social impact of new technologies, one attendee asked the panel of contributing speakers a question concerning the social role of technical expertise. In the face of rapid...