Bridging the Cultural Gap: Protest and Social Movements (from Mai 68 to 15-M and beyond)

Bridging the Cultural Gap: Protest and Social Movements (from Mai 68 to 15-M and beyond)

BOOK REVIEW

by Sebastian Garbe

This volume edited by Britta Baumgarten, Priska Daphi and Peter Ullrich adds the crucial element of culture to the puzzle of contemporary social movement research. By complementing and going beyond the state of the art in social movement research, it offers critical, interdisciplinary, and translocal perspectives in four sections to tackle the concept of culture for social movement research. From the protests of 15-M in Madrid and to Mai 68, this volume updates the idea of social movements as new historical subjects and convincingly bridges the cultural gap in social movement research.

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Women in Defense of Mother Earth

Women in Defense of Mother Earth

By Areli Valencia

"Women in Defense of Mother Earth" is a documentary film about the life of a group of peasant women fighting against two mining projects known as Rio Blanco and Quimsacocha (Loma Larga) in Cuenca, Azuay,  Ecuador. Driven by the defense of their livelihoods, sources of subsistence and the ability to choose their own pathways to development, they communally decided to organize themselves as the "Women Defenders of Mother Earth Front", one of the most important women anti-mining  organizations in Ecuador. In a world where the lack of female leadership is omnipresent, the struggle of the "Women Defenders of Mother Earth Front" not only stimulates discussion on the impacts of extractive led-development in the lives of women; but also, helps to make visible the important role of women as agents of social change.

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