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Mobs, memes and movements: New populisms: From the Tea Party to the Yellow Vests

23 May 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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The first reading group of the Mobs, Memes and Movements series, organised by the Sociology and Social Theory Research Group, meets for a lunchtime discussion.

Event Information

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Sociology and Social Theory Research Group


SSRU seminar room
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
18 Woburn Square

The reading group will discuss the following publications:

  • Davies (2017). A Review of Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in their Own Land. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society.
  • Fassin and Defossez (2019). An Improbable Movement? Macron’s France and the Rise of the Gilets Jaunes. New Left Review.

Mobs, Memes and Movements series 

Mobs, Memes and Movements is a series of reading groups and lectures examining the new social movements of the Trump and Brexit era. From #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, to the 'gillet jaunes' and various forms of populism, the political landscape of the 2010s is evolving rapidly.

How can we, as activists and observers, hope to make sense of these changes? What theoretical tools and empirical strategies do we need? How do these changes unsettle traditional distinctions between parties and movements, left and right, collective and individual action?

This series is organised by the Sociology and Social Theory Research Group.

Other reading groups in the series 


This reading group is free and open for all to join; no pre-booking required.