Challenging power and creating alternatives: integrationist, antisystemic and non-hegemonic approaches in Australian social movements

Petray, Theresa, and Pendergrast, Nick (2018) Challenging power and creating alternatives: integrationist, antisystemic and non-hegemonic approaches in Australian social movements. Journal of Sociology. (In Press)

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Abstract

Social movements are often discussed as either reformist or revolutionary, or more often, as containing aspects of each of these approaches. However, whether a movement seeks integration into the existing system or it seeks to overthrow that system and replace it, both approaches are hegemonic in nature. That is, they focus on totalising power structures. In this paper, we explore another aspect of social movements: non-hegemonic approaches are those which prefigure alternatives at the local level. Non-hegemonic approaches are not oriented to power structures like states. Instead of actively resisting power, they bypass it or in some ways, ignore it, as they create new ways of being. This approach may be limited in scope, and is unlikely to challenge the existence of inequalities at broad scales, but they can point to real examples of alternatives to existing power structures.

Item ID: 51981
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: utopias; Indigenous; animal advocacy; reform; radical; non-hegemonic
ISSN: 1440-7833
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Special Studies Program
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 03:04
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship @ 100%
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