History of Social Movements


Becoming familiar with the state of the art concerning the history of social movements with a particular focus on the relations between history and other socials sciences and humanities. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Manuel Viegas Neves


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Dias, B. e J. Neves (orgs.), A Política dos Muitos – Povo, Classes e Multidão, Lisboa, Tinta-da-China, 2010.
Sá, F., Rebeldes e Insubmissos. Resistências Populares ao Liberalismo (1834-1844), Porto, Afrontamento, 2002.
Horn, G.-R., The Spirit of  68: Rebellion in Western Europe and North America, 1956-1976, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007.
Linebaugh, P. and M. Rediker, The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic, Boston, Beacon Press, 2000.
Offen, K., European Feminisms, 1700–1950, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2000.
Scott, J., Weapons of the Weak – Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1987.
Tarrow, S., Strangers at the Gates. Movements and States in Contentious Politics. Nova Iorque, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Thompson, E.P., A Economia Moral da Multidão na Inglaterra do Século XVIII, Lisboa, Antígona, 2008.
Tilly, C., Social Movements, 1768-2004, Boulder, Paradigm Publish

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes, including the analyses and discussion of data and historical documents, the presentation and discussion of the research activities that will later be evaluated. 

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. The historiography of social movements. From E.P.Thompson to James C. Scott: popular politics and forms of resistance. The contribution of Chales Tilly: respectability, unity, numbers and commitment.

2. Resistances to the development of the State and the Market. From the moral economy of the English crowd in the 18th century to the rebels and insurgents of the Portuguese 19th century.

3. The proletarian public sphere and the workers’ movements as counter-society: self-management, soviets and councils. The political currents, the trade-unions and the party-form: anarchists, communists and social-democrats.

4. Paris, May 68. From the Italian 60’s to the strikes of ABC paulista. Ecology, feminism and social movements.

5. The international division of labour, from the struggle against slavery to anticolonialist movements. The nationalist movements. The case of migration and the right to escape. Globalization and social movements.



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