Time, Protest and Social Movements

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Recent advances in social movement scholarship have centred various notions of temporality in our explanations of the formation and fortunes of social movements. This presentation will outline three key areas where ‘time matters’. First, movement dynamics cannot be fully understood without an appreciation of the context within (and against) which they move. Attending to the temporal features of those contexts allows for a more dynamic understanding of the timing and characteristics of movements. Second, movement development is marked by distinctive temporalities. These are present both in the processes through which movements act (such as the diffusion of ideas or practices across time and space, or the temporal patterns of protest waves), and in the discursive content of movement claims which utilise memories of times past, or imaginings of better futures. Third, the strategic aspect of movements (as well as their allies and opponents) are shaped by claims concerning the temporalities of threats and opportunities. This presentation will draw together some of the insights from this growing literature to respond to the questions of the temporalities of threatened orders as set out in the conference abstract.
Period16 Jul 2021
Event titleTemporalities of Threatened Orders
Event typeConference
LocationTübingen, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational