1968, 1989, 2011: reconsidering social movements, 'moments of change' and theoretical framing over time

Published: Mar 22, 2013
social movements framing moments of change
Kostis Kornetis

This article focuses on three separate "moments of change" - 1968, 1989 and 2011 – in order to trace the changes in the way in which social movements were theoretically framed on a research level ever since the 1960s. Rather than focusing on the real or imaginary connections that activists often create with the contestatory past – or the rejection thereof – it demonstrates the ways in which those moments were theorised and the genealogies that were forged by specialists, who more often than not were implicated in the events themselves. In this respect, it argues that 1968 was the starting date that defined to a greater or lesser extent how we still view and experience collective mobilisations.

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Author Biography
Kostis Kornetis, New York University
Kostis Kornetis completed his PhD dissertation in History and Civilization at the European University Institute, Florence. From 2007 to 2012 he taught Modern Greek and Contemporary European History at the History Department of Brown University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies of NYU. He has worked extensively on the history and memory of the 1960s, the methodology of oral history and the use of film as a source for social and cultural history. His book “Children of the Dictatorship” is forthcoming with Berghahn Books.
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