Violent Protest: Forms and Functions

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Violent Protest
Spring 2023
Taught By: Liam Bouquet
Section: A

CRN: 13278

Credits: 4

At the core of this seminar course is the question: what work does violent protest perform in social movements? The first part of the course will work to outline the conceptual boundaries of violent protest, considering how involved actors struggle over the classification of actions as violent. The second part of the course will consider the multi-layered purposes of violence from the perspective of the activists who use it. This section will demonstrate how strategic considerations interact with emotional and cognitive factors in violent collective action. We will also discuss how groups negotiate the limits, purposes, and meanings of violence. The final section will examine how the contexts and contents of violent protest events— actor composition, temporal and spatial arrangement, inciting events — shape the field of action. Through engaging with core literature in social movement and contentious politics studies, the course will provide students with a theoretical foundation for considering the multi-layered and interactive forms and functions of violent protest. In addition, the course will be built around recurring engagement with a small number of contemporary cases in liberal democracies around the world. This will allow students to re-engage with and compare familiar cases with new tools throughout the semester.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:02am EDT 3/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 502
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023