Global Modernity and Social Contestation


Edited by: Breno M. Bringel & José Maurício Domingues

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    About the Editors and Contributors

    The Editors

    Breno M. Bringel holds a PhD from the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where he has also taught. He was also a visiting scholar in several universities in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK. He teaches now at the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the Rio de Janeiro State University (IESP-UERJ), Brazil. He is a member of the Board of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC-47) and the Editor-in-chief of Dados – Revista de Ciências Sociais. Bringel is the author of several works in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English on social movements, internationalism and Latin American politics and society. His latest books are: Movimentos sociais na era global (edited with Maria da Glória Gohn, 2012) and O MST e o internacionalismo contemporâneo (2015).

    José Maurício Domingues has received a PhD degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a visiting scholar in several universities in Argentina, Britain, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Israel, Mexico and Spain. He teaches at the Institute of Social and Political Studies at the Rio de Janeiro State University (IESP-UERJ), Brazil. Domingues was a member of the board of ISA RC16 (Sociological Theory) and ISA WG02 (Historical and Comparative Sociology). He is also the author of several books on sociological theory and modernity, including: Global Modernity, Development, and Contemporary Civilization: Towards a Renewal of Critical Theory (2012); Latin American and Contemporary Modernity: A Sociological Interpretation (2008); Modernity Reconstructed (2006); Social Creativity, Collective Subjectivity and Contemporary Modernity (2000) and Sociological Theory and Collective Subjectivity (1995).

    The Contributors

    Craig Browne has received a PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales and teaches at the University of Sydney, Australia. He was editor of Theory – Newsletter of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) and was Vice President of ISA RC-35. His research interests include social change, processes of global transformation, subjectivity, intersubjectivity and sociological perspectives on democracy. He recently edited Violence in France and Australia: Disorder in the Post-Colonial Welfare State (2010) and has two forthcoming books: Critical Social Theory and Habermas and Giddens on Modernity: A Constructive Comparison.

    Elísio Macamo is an Assistant Professor of African Studies at the University of Basel since 2009. Previously, he taught Development Sociology at the University of Bayreuth, where he was a founding member of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. He holds a PhD and ‘Habilitation’ in General Sociology by the University of Bayreuth and regularly offers methodological workshops to Portuguese-speaking African doctoral students on behalf of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). He is the author of The Taming of Fate: Approaches to Risk from a Social Action Perspective (forthcoming) and Negotiating Modernity: Africa's Ambivalent Experience (2005).

    Gabriela Delamata teaches at the School of Politics and Government at the National University of San Martín, Argentina. She is also a researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET). She holds a doctorate in Political Science and Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid, and was a visiting researcher at the University of California (Berkeley), the Gino Gernami Institute in Buenos Aires and the Institute for Advanced Social Studies in Madrid. She is the author of Los barrios desbordados: Las organizaciones de desocupados del Gran Buenos Aires (2004) and has edited Movilizaciones sociales: ¿nuevas ciudadanías? Reclamos, derechos, Estado en Argentina, Bolivia y Brasil (2009) and Ciudadanía y territorio: Las relaciones políticas de las nuevas identidades sociales (2005).

    Geoffrey Pleyers is an FNRS Research Fellow (permanent position) at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and a researcher at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is President of the Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47), International Sociological Association and the coordinator of the Research Group on Social Movements at the French Sociological Association. His latest books are Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in the Global Age (2010) and Forum Sociaux Mondiaux et defies de l'altermondialisme (2007). He has also edited La consommation critique. Mouvements pour une alimentation responsable et solidaire (2011) and Los movimientos sociales: De lo local a lo global (2009, with Francis Mestries and Sergio Zermeño).

    G Aloysius is an independent Indian activist, researcher and writer. He worked on organizational and educational activities among the tribals and scheduled castes of Jharkhand between 1977 and 1988. After that he worked as a researcher and visiting professor at several Indian centres and universities. He is the author of books such as Kandhamal: An Interpretative Reading of the District's Recent History of Violence (2010), Swami Dharmatheertha's No Freedom with Caste: The Menace of Hindu Imperialism (2004), Religion as Emancipatory Identity (1998) and Nationalism without a Nation in India (1997, 10th reprint in 2009).

    Heriberto Cairo Carou is full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. His research area lies in political geography with a focus on the study of the geopolitics of war and peace, political identities and territorial ideologies and borders. His recent books include: Descolonizar Europa, descolonizar la modernidad: diálogos Europa-América Latina (with Ramón Grosfoguel, 2010); América Latina, una y diversa: teorías y métodos para su análisis (with Geronimo de Sierra, 2008); Vertientes americanas del pensamiento y el proyecto descolonial (with Walter Mignolo, 2008); La construcción de una región. México y la geopolítica del Plan Puebla-Panamá (with Jaime Preciado Coronado and Alberto Rocha Valencia, 2007); Geopolítica, guerras y resistencias (with Jaime Pastor Verdu, 2006).

    Keina Espiñeira is a Researcher at the Department of Geography at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She was a visiting scholar at the Ethnic Studies Department, University of Berkeley (California), at the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research, Radboud University (the Netherlands) and at the Department of Geography, Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi (Morocco). She works in two European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) projects: EUBORDERREGIONS – European Regions, EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours. Analysing Regional Development Options through Policies and Practices of Cross-Border Co-operation ( and EUBORDERSCAPES – Bordering, Political Landscapes and Social Arenas: Potentials and Challenges of Evolving Border Concepts in a Post-Cold War World ( Research interests include: cultural geography, border studies, postcolonial theories, documentary cinema and Mediterranean area.

    Lin Chun has a doctoral degree from Cambridge University and teaches at the London School of Economics. She is the author of The British New Left (1993), The Transformation of Chinese Socialism (2006), and China and Global Capitalism (2013). She is also the editor of China I, II and III (2000) and co-editor of Is Mao Really a Monster? (2009). Her Chinese language books include Reflections on China's Reform Trajectory (2008) and (coedited) Women: The Longest Revolution (1997).

    Luis Tapia teaches at the Programme of Development Studies at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia. Tapia is the coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Development Studies at the UMSA since 2002 and also the coordinator of the Master in Philosophy and Political Science at the same university. He holds a PhD from Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ) in Brazil and was a visiting professor in several universities in the US, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay. Among his recent books feature: La coyuntura de la autonomía relativa del Estado (2009); Pensando la democracia geopolíticamente (2009); Política salvaje (2008); La igualdad es cogobierno, Autodeterminación (2007) and La invención del núcleo común. Ciudadanía y gobierno multisocietal (2006).

    Marcelle C. Dawson began her academic career in 1998 at the Rand Afrikaans University lecturing at the Department of Sociology. She is now Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and Senior Research Associate at the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). In 2008 she completed a doctorate in Politics at the University of Oxford focusing on the mobilisation efforts of the Anti-Privatisation Forum. She is Vice-President of Research Committee 47 (Social Classes and Social Movements) of the International Sociological Association. She is a member of the South African Sociological Association (SASA) and of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ). She co-edited Popular Politics and Resistance Movements in South Africa (2010) and Contesting Transformation: Popular Resistance in Twenty-First-Century South Africa (2012).

    Sarah Ben Néfissa has received a PhD in Public Law from Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1986. She is a Researcher at the Research Institute for Development, Egypt. She is a political scientist and judicial anthropologist, specialized in Egypt and the Arab world. Her research works include civil society, social movements, protests in the Arab World, political parties, elections and, more recently, Egyptian transition. She has coordinated several research works on these issues and is author of Vote et Démocratie dans l’Égypte contemporaine (2005, with A. Arafat) and The Associations in Egypt (1995, published in Arab), besides several articles on academic journals.

    Sujata Patel teaches Sociology at the University of Hyderabad, India. She obtained a doctorate from the School of Social Sciences of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1984. During this period, she was a fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and University Grants Commissions’ Research Scientist. In January 1992, she joined the Department of Sociology at the Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (SNDT) as a Professor. Since then she has moved to two other Universities. In October 1996, she joined the University of Pune and in June 2009, University of Hyderabad. In her capacity as the International Sociological Association's first Vice President for National Associations she edited The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions (2010), as well as co-editing three books on Bombay as a city, Thinking Social Science in India (2002) and Urban Studies (2006).

    Peter Wagner is an ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona (UB). Before joining the UB, he was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and at the University of Trento and Professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute, Florence. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Advanced Grant project ‘Trajectories of Modernity’. Wagner is author of several books on social theory and comparative-historical sociology, such as Modernity: Understanding the Present (2012), Modernity as Experience and Interpretation (2008) and A Sociology of Modernity (1994) as well as editor or co-editor of the volumes African, American and European Trajectories of Modernity: Past Oppression, Future Justice? (2015); The Greek Polis and the Invention of Democracy (with Johann Arnason and Kurt Raaflaub, 2013), and Varieties of World-Making: Beyond Globalization (with Nathalie Karagiannis, 2007).

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