Anna-Britt Coe, researcher at the Department of Sociology, Umeå university.
The Role of the Everyday in Activism
Anna-Britt focuses on how and why social movements influence society and policies as well as how and why young people practice politics by merging boundaries between the state and society.
The seminar will be held in English.
In this seminar, I want to discuss with you a reoccurring theme in my research: the role of the everyday in activism. This theme could also be formulated as a problem of how to study non-strategic action (i.e. routine, everyday behavior) in a strategic action field (i.e. collective action, social movements). I will draw upon different cases globally to illustrate this, especially from my research on feminism in Peru/Ecuador, and activism on safe public spaces in Sweden.
I have a presentation to share so no preparation or knowledge of this topic is needed beforehand. During the presentation, please feel free to critique my understanding of this problem, point out what I am missing in terms of solutions and/or give feedback on what future direction to take. For me, I see this as a terrific opportunity to step back from various, discrete texts that I have worked on and understand the connections between them.