Category Archives: Student movements

Free Education! The Chilean Student Movement – Reform or Revolution?

This paper provides a report on the Chilean student movement, 2011 – 2014, from the perspective of the students themselves, based on the main research question: are the student protests for reform or revolution? The analytical framework is made up … Continue reading

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From the Struggle for Education to the Transformation of Society

We are three voices at a public university in northern Chile. This essay is about how social science takes into account or ignore the current political tension produced by social movements against neoliberalism . We have three stories – student … Continue reading

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Student Protest: A Perspective from the UK

I approach student activism as an academic sociologist motivated by the question of why students, as a group, seem so often to be involved in political struggles around the world, compared with other social groups, and why, as some of … Continue reading

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The International Student Movement and the Future of Global Organizing

On Nov. 14, 2012, tens of thousands of students flooded the streets of Montreal to express opposition to the proposed tuition hikes. As the University of Ottawa international-development student marched to the tune of  “À qui la rue?” Whose streets? … Continue reading

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The Winter Chilean Students Said, Enough!

In sum, what was different and more important about this third cycle of student protests in democratic Chile? With respect to differences, university students consolidated an autonomous identity unconnected to political parties and developed a strong mobilization resource base. Innovative … Continue reading

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Student Protests: A Sociologist perspective

I approach student activism as an academic sociologist motivated by the question of why students, as a group, seem so often to be involved in political struggles around the world, compared with other social groups, and why, as some of … Continue reading

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Student Movements and the Power of Disruption

Student movements have played a crucial role in many major social and political transformations, at least partially because of their unique social status. Students are young and relatively unencumbered; students as individuals inhabit a transitory identity that they will soon … Continue reading

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The Return of Student Protest

For those of us who were present on a college campus in the 1980s, the tents of the students participating in the Occupy movement on campus this past year provided a feeling of nostalgia, and even a sense that things … Continue reading

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Student Activism on Campus: It’s Not Just for Lefties Anymore

When talk turns to college student activism, most people will conjure up images reminiscent of the anti-war movement of the 1960s. But when it comes to campus politics, the students doing the acting are not just on the left and … Continue reading

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Movimiento Estudiantil y Desacuerdo: Un voto por la Creatividad

La cultura política chilena después de la dictadura ha instalado como principio de su estabilidad al dispositivo del acuerdo. Por dispositivo entenderemos, tal como lo señalaba Michel Foucault, a todo un conjunto de valores, disposiciones de lenguaje, normas, infraestructura, etc., … Continue reading

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