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Gary T. Marx

Visiting Scholar

is Professor Emeritus from M.I.T. He has worked in the areas of race and ethnicity, collective behaviour and social movements, law and society and surveillance studies. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught there, at Harvard University, the University of Colorado and been a visiting professor at more than 20 other schools in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Additional information is available at  http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/bio.html  . Within the area of social movements and collective behaviour he has studied topics such as the civil rights movement, majority involvement in minority movements, police behaviour in civil disorders, agents provocateurs and issueless riots posted at www.garymarx.net  . His most recent work in the area includes: a critique introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Smelser’s Theory of Collective Behavior and the article  “Agents Provocateurs as a Type of Faux Activist”. He welcomes the chance to meet with students and colleagues to discuss topics of mutual interest. On April 22-23 he will be giving a workshop on his recently completed book Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology (University of Chicago).

 

 

Research interests: social movements, surveillance, and collective behavior

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22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.