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- ItemBetween Success and Failure: Dwelling with Social Movements in the Hiatus(2013) Khasnabish, Alex; Haiven, MaxThis article explores the ways social movement “successes” and “failures” are conceived of and measured, particularly in relation to research that strives to act in solidarity with such movements . Reviewing some of the best examples of politically - engaged research , we contend that even these assume normative categories of “success” and “failure” with respect to both move ment and research outcomes. Drawing on o ur work in the Radical Imagination Project, a politically - e ngaged social movement research project in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, we argue that social movements typically dwell not at the poles of the success/failure binary but in the “hiatus” between “not - success” and “not - failure.” We contend that a more dynamic mapping of social movement success an d failure produces a richer and more robust und erstanding of social movements, the significance of their activity, and social change. This reconceptualization and remapping of success and failure also has important implications for the way researchers seek ing to work in solidarity with social movements can productively reimagine their own measures of succes s and failure .
- ItemCo-operatives and the Social Economy: An Approach to Mapping in Atlantic Canada(5/30/2006) Thériault, Luc; Hall, Michael; Brown, LeslieThis paper reports an overview of mapping research in progress in the Atlantic Regional Node on the social economy. The authors review the approach being taken to the task of mapping parts of the social economy. We contextualize this work within a discussion of the significance of mapping for the region, and a brief review of both the types of information available and the gaps that exist. As a first step the research focuses on developing and implementing a study of co-operatives across the four provinces. Our paper summarizes and explains the steps taken thus far, highlighting the contributions anticipated and the rationale for beginning with co-operatives.
- ItemConvoking the Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research, Dialogic Methodologies and Scholarly Vocations(2012) Khasnabish, Alex; Haiven, MaxThis article reflects critically on “The Radial Imagination: A Research Project About Movements, Social Change, and the Future,” an engaged social movement research project conducted with self-identified “radical” activists in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In so doing, the authors explore a research strategy that seeks not merely to observe the radical imagination—the ability to envision and work toward better futures—but to convoke it: to mobilize the singular location of academic inquiry to create a research environment within which the radical imagination can be better understood. Through a critical examination of the project’s theoretical architecture and methodological framework the authors investigate the promises, possibilities, and difficulties implicated in critical social movement research carried out through a strategy of convocation, contrasting it with more conventional approaches to social movement research.
- ItemAn Echo That Reechoes: Transnational Activism and the Resonance of Zapatismo(2006) Khasnabish, AlexIn this paper I examine the resonance of Zapatismo amongst political activists in Canada and the United States. Specifically, I look at how and why activists in Canada and the US have been galvanized by the Zapatista struggle and how it shapes their own political practices and struggles within contexts far removed from Chiapas, Mexico. Rather than signaling the birth of a new internationalism, I argue that the intersection of Zapatismo with diverse communities of North American activists has yielded unanticipated and even powerful results, many of which are predicated on a new kind of political imagination. Often explicitly, these political projects aim at articulating various forms of “autonomy” and interconnectedness in relation to the new neoliberal world order by melding novel political, aesthetic, and cultural approaches to activism, a melding which speaks to the deep and complex impact of Zapatismo upon the search for new political spaces and practices.
- ItemAn Echo That Reechoes: Transnational Activism and the Resonance of Zapatismo.(2005) Khasnabish, Alex
- ItemGender, free will, and woman-to-woman sexual assault in service provider discourses(Sage, 2018) Malinen, KelleyAnneAlthough still less recognized than man-to-woman sexual assault, awareness of woman-to-woman sexual assault has grown sufficiently over the past three decades that we should no longer speak of its discursive emergence as the breaking of hitherto uninterrupted silence. This article begins the project of exploring and comparing discourses used to frame this phenomenon. Based on a situational analysis of interviews with service providers who had experience supporting survivors of woman-to-woman sexual assault, this text presents three discourses used to think about this form of violence: all violence is men’s violence, violence is a choice, and nonviolence is learned. Each discourse is characterized by a specific relationship between sexual violence, free will/determinism, and gender and by attendant rules for what can and cannot be said. As such, each communicates ideological commitments, which reflect and sustain specific approaches to antisexual violence work. Each seeks to negotiate a sociopolitical context of gender-based oppression and sexuality-based oppression that includes the risks and realities of silencing and recuperation of survivor speech. The objective of this article is to enable service provider reflection about the implications of diverse discourses used to frame woman-to-woman sexual assault and to discourage naturalization of any given approach.
- Item“The International Order of Hope”: Zapatismo and the Fourth World War(Toronto: University of British Colombia Press., 2010) Khasnabish, Alex
- ItemMaking Big Noise: The Northern Resonance of Zapatismo(University of British Colombia Press, 2010) Khasnabish, Alex