Quotation Butzlaff, Felix. 2021. Emancipatory struggles and their political organisation: How political parties and social movements respond to changing notions of emancipation. European Journal of Social Theory.


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In this article, I address the ways in which debates in liberal, (post)Marxist and postmodernist social theory have remoulded readings of emancipation – and how these reformulations have affected the organisation of emancipatory struggles by and in political parties and social movements. I focus on three conceptual ambiguities that have spurred theoretical disputes and restructured organisational imaginations of emancipation: who might struggle for liberation, to what end and in which ways. In all three respects, understandings of emancipation have become increasingly individualised, contingent and process-oriented – both in theory and in its political-organisational correspondents. As a consequence, effective collective struggles for autonomy may become ever more difficult to organise. While occurring in the name of further liberation, the ongoing reinterpretation of emancipation and its impact on the political organisation of emancipatory struggles might in the end hamper or even undermine the very liberation and autonomy they had aimed to promote.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Journal of Social Theory
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Emancipatory struggles and their political organisation: How political parties and social movements respond to changing notions of emancipation
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/13684310211027111
DOI 10.1177/13684310211027111
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/13684310211027111

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Butzlaff, Felix (Details)
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Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5402 General sociology (Details)
5413 Sociological methods (Details)
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