On reactionary social movements, political opportunities and the antifeminist state

International-Journal-for-Crime-and-Justice-97-by-144-pxIn May 2014 I had the pleasure of taking part in a workshop organised at the University of British Columbia by Professor Susan B. Boyd entitled “Men’s Groups: Challenging Feminism”. The main aim of the workshop was to gather international scholars working on issues such as antifeminism, men’s social movements, mothers’ and fathers’ rights in child custody, domestic violence etcetera. During this two-day event, academics from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan analysed contemporary activism and debates and discourses on the resistance to feminism and discussed how to support the advancement of feminist theories and strategies with regard to preventing the development of antifeminist practices, discourses and legislation all around the world.

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New article on the role of emotions in social movements

mws_okladka_2014_4My latest paper (in Polish) on the role of emotions in social movements (the case of Polish fathers’ rights movement and breast cancer survivors) has been recently published in Studia Socjologiczne 4/2014 (215) and will is available here Full text The article results from research on the role of emotions in the constitution, character and dynamic of contemporary social movements. The paper is based on the cases of the fathers’ rights movement and the breast cancer survivors movement in Poland and is to a large extent the result of qualitative sociological research conducted with activists from the above mentioned movements between 2009 and 2012. Moreover, the analysis of the gathered material is preceded by an outline of the status of emotions in (Polish) sociology and the state of affairs in Polish research on the presented social movements. If You are interested in our findings and cannot read in Polish do not hesitate to contact me.