Maeckelbergh, Marianne. 2011. “Doing is Believing: Prefiguration as Strategic Practice in the Alterglobalization Movement.” Social Movement Studies 10(1):1–20.
Yates, Luke. 2015. “Rethinking Prefiguration: Alternatives, Micropolitics and Goals in Social Movements.” Social Movement Studies 14 (1):1-21.
An important project today is figuring out new ways to address inequalities in society without re-inscribing neo-liberal ways of doing things. How can we do politics, economics, and social relations differently? We can learn from social movements that are working for a more just and equitable world, creating models that do not replicate the relationships of domination they seek to change. These two articles explore prefigurative politics – the liberatory practices and processes used by social movement participants to create “another possible world” in the present.
Shantz, Jeff and Dana M. Williams. 2013. Anarchy and Society: Reflections on Anarchist Sociology. Boston, MA: Brill.
Sociology seeks to understand society and sociological findings often result in efforts to address inequalities. Anarchism, as a sociopolitical philosophy against imposed authority, seeks to transform society and promote values of autonomy, anti-authoritarianism, self-organization, voluntary association, solidarity, and mutual aid. This book examines the common themes and origins of anarchism and sociology, and what they have to offer one another. It puts forth a valuable perspective on the roots of social problems and what is necessary to address them.
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