UWE researcher discusses Bristol's Social Movements

Issue date: 20 May 2005

Issue date: 20/05/05

Summer Series 2005 Talks@Watershed Tuesday 24 May at 18.30

The Summer Series at the Watershed organised by the Centre for Critical Theory at the University of the West of England, continues with a presentation by Dr Derrick Purdue entitled, ‘Network City: Bristol’s Social Movements’ on Tuesday 24 May at 18.30.

Dr Purdue said, “Bristol has a lively civil society, in which new social movements rub shoulders with community organisations, charities, trade unions and small political parties. They campaign, deliver services, enter into partnerships with public agencies and form networks among themselves. Bristol’s reputation for social movements falls heavily on its environmentalist networks, and is less oriented to protest than creative practical solutions. This talk explores how Bristol’s past and post-industrial present shapes its civic networks in contrast to a more industrial city such as Glasgow and raises questions about the nature of social movements in contemporary Britain.”

Dr Derrick Purdue is a research fellow in the Cities Research Centre at Bristol UWE. His research interests centre on civil society, including social movements, NGOs and the community and voluntary sector. His completed research includes a number of projects on civil society in Bristol and elsewhere looking at civic organizations and social movements in Bristol and Glasgow, a study of networks of activists involved in LETS, organic food and music festivals in Bristol and the surrounding area, two studies of community participation in partnerships and an evaluation of a Government programme for community empowerment networks. His doctorate was on NGOs working against biotechnology and genetic patenting; and he has convened an international workshop on civil societies and social movements.

Ticket details: Talks@Watershed Summer Series 2005 is free – but tickets must be booked from the Watershed box office as places are limited on 0117 927 5100

For more information please contact CCT on 0117 32 84321, or e-mail cct@uwe.ac.uk

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