Fall 2022


Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-325  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-325


Nusrat S. Chowdhury (Section 01)
Hannah A. Holleman (Section 01)


(Offered as SOCI 325 and ANTH 325) From Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March, protests across the globe are questioning the social, political and economic status quo. This course explores the concept and practice of protest from sociological and anthropological perspectives. Why do people protest? What are their cultural and social forms? How does one understand the emotions involved? What is the role of technology? What relationships exist between the act of protest and social movements? Are protests always progressive? How does the study of protest help one understand power, democracy, and societal change? To explore these questions we will look at ethnography and history of collective mobilizations, from anti-colonial movements to nationalist struggles, as well as contemplate the future of protest for the U.S. and the rest of the world. While the readings will include case study research and key theoretical texts, we will also speak with organizers and participants of current uprisings to understand concerns on the ground.

Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professors Holleman and Chowdhury.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to majors in Sociology and Anthropology

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, in-class discussion and active participation.

SOCI 325 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM BARR 102

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Wretched of the Earth Grove Press Fanon, Frantz Amherst Books TBD
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Haymarket Books Yamahtta-Taylor, Keeanga Amherst Books TBD
Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly  Harvard University Press Butler, Judith Amherst Books TBD
Seeing Like an Activist: Civil Disobedience and the Civil Rights Movement Oxford University Press Pineda, Erin R. Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022