Lecture, Lecture series
Lecture by Swen Hutter (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)
The lecture focuses on the scope and type of protest and civic engagement in the COVID-19 pandemic. The starting point is the dilemma faced by civil society in these extraordinary times. As during past crises and catastrophes, civil society has a crucial role to play in coping with the situation. It connects citizens, promotes solidarity, and assists those unable to cope on their own. Also, it acts as a critical voice and calls attention to unheard grievances and keeps political elites accountable. At the same time, restrictions of freedom of movement and assembly have rendered traditional forms of protest and civic engagement difficult and, at moments, even impossible. Based on original survey data, the lecture empirically assesses the tension between activation and de-activation in Europe in the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, it discusses how emerging actions tap into pre-existing societal conflicts or indicate new risk-induced conflict structures.
Swen Hutter is Lichtenberg Professor in Political Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and Vice Director of the Center for Civil Society Research, a joint initiative of Freie Universität and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. His main research interests are political conflicts, protest politics, social movements, and party competition.
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This event is part of the lecture series:
ZMO Colloquium winter semester 2020/21
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