By Daniel Teo
The Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) recently began its seminar series. For the inaugural seminar on October 27, A/P Shiv Ganesh from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, presented a two-part seminar on social movements. On November 15, CARE’s own Dr. Kang Sun discussed his dissertation on peasant workers in China.
CARE&SHARE 1: Community Resilience, Social Justice Activism, and the New Dialogic
In the first session, entitled “Community Resilience: Resistance and Renewal in an Age of Ecological,” Shiv discussed the need for a new theoretical vernacular to explain how communities organise, especially in a global and ecological context. He argued that conventional theories on social movements focus on their absence, rather than their emergence.
In the following session, “Coordination, Connectedness and Exchange: The New Dialogic in Social Justice Activism,” Shiv spoke about how local social movements were connected to and transformed by larger global movements. He drew heavily from his ethnographic work on the Occupy movement in Wellington, New Zealand.
CARE&SHARE 2: Manufacturing Identity: Peasant Workers’ Spatial Production in China
Kang regaled the seminar participants with stories from his childhood in rural China and graduate student days in Ohio. He connected these experiences of Chinese and American identities to his dissertation on how identities are constructed, not just socially and symbolically, but spatially and materially as well. Kang also spoke about his ethnographic work on Chinese factory workers who had left their villages in the countryside to pursue their fortunes in the city.
CARE is a global hub for health communication research that uses participatory and culture-centered methodologies to develop community-driven health communication solutions. The center is currently funded by a $1.9 million grant from the National University of Singapore. To learn more about CARE, please visit our website.