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Theorizing Repression: From Psychoanalysis to Counterinsurgency Theory

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Uncover the entwined history of psychoanalysis and state power in a captivating exploration of repression tactics. Join us at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research as we delve into the intersections of Freudian theory with military strategy, urban policing, and guerrilla warfare. Through an array of diverse readings, we'll analyze how psychoanalytic concepts have been utilized to pathologize dissent and justify both state and revolutionary violence, raising critical questions about power, resistance, and the psyche.

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What is a Social Movement?

Explore the intricate relationship between class, community, and politics in social movements. Uncover the complexities of modern capitalism and the impact of cultural realms on political life. Join us in an in-depth analysis of historical case studies to understand the strategic vacuum between economic and cultural accounts.

  • All levels
  • 21 and older
  • $335
  • Online Classroom
  • 12 hours over 4 sessions

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Social movements are instrumental in driving social, political, and cultural transformations across the globe. They raise awareness and shape public opinion; pursue collective action by way of strikes, demonstrations, advocacy; and even engage in sometimes violent forms of resistance. Whether gathering diverse constituencies under intersectional umbrellas or focalizing and amplifying the demands of particular populations, movements like ACT UP, Black Lives Matter, Extinction Rebellion, La Via Campesina, Occupy Wall Street, the Sex Workers Rights and Landless Workers Movements, and countless others not only provide a platform for the concerns of (dis)affected persons and communities, but seek to secure alternative paths for institutional and extra-institutional change. Amidst all the variety of aims and strategies, what can we say defines a social movement? How and why do social movements emerge? And how can we gauge their effectiveness in remediating oppression and social inequality? 

In this course, we will take a broad survey of historical and contemporary approaches to collective action, asking, on the one hand, how social movements have effected change and, on the other, how our understanding of social movements has itself changed over time. Alongside specific movements and historical episodes—from rebellions in the 19th century to strikes and debates about “crowds” in the 20th, from the global movements of the 1960s to the formation of 21st-century movements via the internet and social media—we’ll consider the significant body of theory that has grown up around social movements as a force for change. Throughout, we will concern ourselves with questions like: What is the role of grievance, on the one hand, and of identity, on the other, in the rise and development of a social movement? What role does class play in social movements? What are the challenges social movements face, both internally and externally? What motivates a social movement? And, further: can causal factors, such as perceived deprivation, explain their trajectories? Readings will draw on a wide range of case studies and scholarship from, among others, Eric Hobsbawm, Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward, Charles Tilly, Sidney Tarrow, Francesca Polletta, James Jasper, Alain Touraine, Donatella della Porta, Ruth Milkman, Jo Freeman, Aldon Morris, and Manuel Castells.

There *is* no physical Brooklyn Institute. We hold our classes all over (thus far) Brooklyn and Manhattan, in alternative spaces ranging from the back rooms of bars to bookstores to spaces in cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. We can (and do) turn any space into a classroom. You will be notified of the exact location when you register for a class.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • Upon request, we will refund less 5% cancellation fee of a course up until 6 business days before its start date.
  • Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to 75% refund or full course credit.
  • After the first class: 50% refund or 75% course credit.
  • No refunds or credits will be given after the second class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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