Aug 232009

Participatory democracy has been studied as an auxiliary to state processes and as an institutional and cultural part of social movements. This paper examines the use of participatory democracy as a form of organization of society. It examines three case studies: the Zapatistas (México), the Movimento Sem Terra (Brasil), and the Autonomen (Germany). This was the first paper in what was to be a larger project including the Venezuelan participatory processes and the Argentine empreses […read the rest]

Jan 132003

“This is What Democracy Looks Like” letter to the editor, Santa Barbara Independent 1.13.03 I’m home for the holidays, so I strap on my cock rocket (a missile-shaped phallus made of cardboard and tinfoil), slip into my George W. mask, and head down to the weekly peace march. I am happy to find the movement growing rapidly. But I am also attacked by a fellow activist who feels justified in destroying my costume because he […read the rest]

Jun 252000

thinking out white Adam Bishop, Amory Starr June 2000 Abstract: This paper attempts a grounded contribution to race theory, drawing on classroom experiences and theoretical analysis. It is guided by two goals: the practical implications of race theory for dismantling racism and their usefulness for teaching white American college students about race. It articulates a new theory, and postulates some pedagogic moves. Wondering how our whiteness is letting us down,  we explored the new American […read the rest]

Feb 241998

Note: Not so long ago, ecological economics and alternative models were anathema to the US Left. In 1998 I tried to show how various movements around ecological sustainability did express values of the Left. Both Z Magazine (in 1998) and Dollars & Sense (in 2000) rejected this article. Sustainability Update One of the most vibrant international social movements today is sustainable development. Under this conceptual umbrella, new multiracial and cross-class alliances are being built, technologies […read the rest]

Jun 251997

Snake oil or Salvation?: Reconstructing Sociology Amory Starr & Tony Samara, c. 1997 Abstract: In this paper we attempt to respond to community activists’ critiques of academia, and of sociology in particular, focusing primarily on our political inactivity and the seeming contradiction between this inactivity and our rhetoric about our profession. Our concern is with the reasons for our inactivity, and we explore three possible approaches to explaining it. The first section focuses on our […read the rest]