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About Geoffrey Pleyers

Geoffrey Pleyers is FNRS researcher and professor at the Université de Louvain, Belgium and associate researcher at the Collège d'Etudes Mondiales. He is the president of the Research Committee 47 "Social classes and social movements" of the International Sociological Association. He is the author of "Alter-Globalization. Becoming Actors in the Global Age" (Polity, 2011). Visit his website. Follow Geoffrey on Twitter: @GeoffreyPleyers

Geoffrey Pleyers es profesor en la Universidad de Lovaina. Presidente del comité “Movimientos sociales” de la Asociación Internacional de Sociología. Sigue a Geoffrey en Twitter: @GeoffreyPleyers

Articles by Geoffrey Pleyers

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The new repertoire of repression and how movements resist. Introduction.

Social control and repression of social movements and dissent now bypasses the borders between liberal democracies, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes. For the next three days, openMovements takes stock.

Mexico: the volcano of resistance

Mexico is a volcano, and the beauty and frailty of the snow gracing its peaks hides a scalding reality. An instability that in any given moment could explode. Español

México: el volcán de la resistencia

México es un verdadero volcán en el que la belleza y frialdad de la nieve exterior que lo corona oculta una realidad hirviente, una inestabilidad que en cualquier momento amenaza con estallar. English

The lobbies of glyphosate: a danger to the health of Europeans and of their democracy

The court summons these citizens received for a few splashes of paint on the facade of this powerful lobby’s headquarters illustrates the increasing criminalization of protest in Belgium. Francais, Español.

Social movements in Mexico: local roots, global struggles

This series sheds a light on a range of struggles rooted in local communities and daily life that oppose violence and never reach the headlines. Español

Movimientos sociales en México: raíces locales, luchas globales

La serie invita a los principales científicos sociales a compartir los resultados de sus investigaciones y sus perspectivas sobre las luchas sociales contemporáneas. English

A França luta em Noites Despertas

Como a ocupação de praças pelos jovens, contra a “reforma” trabalhista, a desigualdade e a desesperança, pode acordar um país acossado pelo terror, pelo Estado de Emergência e pela política reduzida a simulacro. Español English

"Nuit debout": el regreso de los indignados en París

Lo que distingue a un movimiento social de cualquier otro tipo de mobilización es que no se centra en una reclamación específica, sino que cuestiona algunos de los valores centrales de una sociedad. English Português

« Nuit Debout » : citizens are back in the squares in Paris

What distinguishes a social movement from any other kind of mobilization is the fact that it does not focus on a specific claim (such as labour reform) but challenges some of the core values ​​of a society. Français Español Português

Paris has been hit at its heart

The roots of these terror attacks are deep. They lie partly in Syria and Iraq, but also partly in our French and European cities. 

openMovements: social movements, global outlooks and public sociologists

Social scientists have a very specific contribution to deliver in a democratic public space, as openDemocracy’s articles daily testify. The articles by leading global sociologists published this week in openMovements are, we believe, exemplary.

From Facebook movements to city square movements

Use of the internet has not led to a predominance of virtual actions and movements over mobilizations in ‘physical space’. On the contrary, since 2011 the occupation of urban public spaces - and more particularly symbolic spaces - has been a major feature of these movements.

Beyond Occupy: progressive activists in Europe

Occupy is part of a wide range of subterranean movements that explore ways to complement representative democracy and empower citizenship. Some citizens want to build stronger democratic institutions: others don’t trust elected representatives any more and promote a change that starts at a local level and in daily life.

World Social Forum 2009: a generation’s challenge

The "alter-globalisation" movement gathers in Brazil at a moment of crisis in the system it has long opposed. But its triumph is qualified as it searches for a way to turn global breakdown into political opportunity, says Geoffrey Pleyers.

(This article was first published on 28 January 2009)

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