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IM - Introductory/Intermediate

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This course will provide an overview on cultural resistance and counter-hegemonic movements, approaching them both as ways to influence the political choices of states and institutions, and to re-assess the aims of private corporations. In addition to the fascination invoked through their positions “against” authority, counter-hegemonic movements offer a valuable perspective through which to engage questions of legitimacy, power, and social change. Problems associated with the unintended consequences of efforts at resistance, and the difficulties of finding possible alternatives to established structures of authority, are often key obstacles for counter-hegemonic movements. Such movements often risk being categorized as naive or “utopian” owing to their frequent disregard for pragmatic political and social “realities.” This course will give an account of cultural resistance and counter-hegemonic movements as crucial elements in the history of power and political debate. In the first part of the course, a theoretical framework of what cultural resistance and counter-hegemonic movements are will be provided. In the second part, a series of historical examples will demonstrate how mainstream society incorporated and devalued the revolutionary importance of some of these movements, while others rose to the status of legitimate authority. Students are invited to analyze the differences between cultural resistance, counter-hegemonic movements, and the risk of homogenizing the differences. A practical part of the course will deal with local and contemporary examples of cultural resistance and counter-hegemonic movements, providing motivations for critical analysis. A written paper in which a local example is analyzed is an essential part of this course.


Theoretical knowledge (social theory, philosophy, anthropology) is preferred.

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