Social Movements & Culture

Post a link to some example of cultural production (art, film, music, or some other form). Write a few sentences to explain what you think is interesting about it, and how it connects to your research topic. Comment on two of your group members’ posts as well.

Your link and sentences are due by 1pm April 30th, replies by the following week. Two places to get you started:


9 thoughts on “Social Movements & Culture”


    This is a print called Leviathan by Erik ruin that I found on The Leviathan on the left is portrayed as the symbol of neoliberalism, governments, and big corporations that exploit labor of the workers. On the right are ships that are being destroyed by the Leviathan, and I thought the image captures how the big corporations and governments’ neoliberal policies are used to take advantage of the worker’s fair compensation of their labor and rights. The image of ships being helplessly eaten up by the Leviathan drew a powerful mental image of how neoliberalism is being played out by governments and corporations in globalization.
    The image also made me think of the article we read about industrial complex and Sri Lankan costal town couple weeks ago.

    1. Sarah,

      It looks like a powerful image of showing Neoliberalism exploiting the worker’s labor. You are right that Neo-liberalism policies takes over or exploits the worker’s labor just like the ships. Nice post! Thank you for sharing.

    2. I liked how you analyzed the art work! I liked how the print painted the corporations as a sea monster and the ships are being obliterated by it. It shows how vicious neoliberalism is being played out by the government and corporations, and is being depicted as a warning to those who won’t comply in their plans in neoliberalism.


    This link is of a video that illustrates the life of women workers in sweatshops in 1938. Moreover, we see how difficult conditions did women use to work in and in developing countries are still working – long working hours, with low wages, pressure of working hard from the employer. Women and their family’s quality of life decreases and this stress builds up rage among the women to start protesting against these worse conditions. This connects to my research plan topic because my question inquires how women become so active participants of the protests?

    1. It’s interesting to see that the women in the video were white, and not women of color as we see now in other countries. It’s sad to see that women, men, and children are working present day in sweatshops for corporations that are American owned such as Nike. Because of the cheap labor people are exploited and paid low wages, and corporations and private corporations are profiting out of this. Hopefully conditions will improve and employers will give a fair pay to their employees and give them breaks. Thanks for sharing!

    2. Hey Lalah, thanks for posting the video. It is eye opening to think how the conditions of women workers in sweatshops in 1938 is not vastly different than now. I liked how you included the impact of such conditions on the lives of the women workers and their surroundings. The video clip got me to think about the the current situations of women workers in sweatshops and the social and economic implications of empowering the women for social change.

  3. I found these two articles that got my attention, the first link portrays superheroes as illegal immigrants and the second link has a picture of what undocumented immigrants carry when they cross the border.

    I thought both of these images were very powerful because it makes undocumented immigrants appear human, something that we can connect to. I thought the first link was interesting because we admire these superheroes and “allow” them to be part of our lives when they’re not from our country. But we automatically look down on undocumented immigrants and think of them as people we need to push out of our country. The artist Neil Rivas says, “I grew up with these comic books and superheroes and it was never an issue where they came from or how often they would cross borders,” says Rivas. “My hope was that because superheroes are an approachable subject, people would naturally be attracted to the project visually and that it would awaken nostalgia.”

    As for the second link I think the image of what the undocumented immigrants carry was very powerful, and shows how determined they are to create a better life for themselves. Literally they carry almost close to nothing when crossing the border and carry items that make them look like a “local”. I never realized how powerful and deep a picture could depict until I saw this photo while reading TIME’s news articles.

    This connects with my research topic because I am looking at the bigger picture of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and how they are affected because of globalization and neoliberalism. Because of globalization people’s lives are changing and are often forced into finding work in other countries, even if it means being an “alien” in a country they can call home.

    1. Sharon,

      I liked both of your sources. I found the image of what an illegal immigrant caries very interesting. I agree with you Sharon that this picture depicts a deep meaning. Even though, it is just a picture about some things; however, there is a lot to learn form it. .

  4. Hey Sharon, I like how you posted two articles so we can compare and contrast different images of immigration. I agree with you that both images captures humanity of the illegal immigrants instead of stereotyping them as criminals. It was interesting to read your thoughts on how the American public shapes its perspective toward immigration, and how pop culture and art helps the process. You have a great topic, it was great hearing more in depth through your post here!

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