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Some Reflections on Student Movements of the 1960s and Early 1970s

Centro de Estudos Sociais
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  • Economics
  • Political Science


This article considers the rise and decline of student movements in Europe and America during the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on materials on student movements in a number of countries, it assesses their historical significance, in the context of a larger �protest wave� with which the student movements of the period intersected. Relating these movements to students� changing position within advanced capitalism, it suggests that their dynamics were shaped both by the specific characteristics of students as political actors and by the patterns of their inter-relations with other contemporaneous movements. The article concludes by noting more recent developments, suggesting that the story of student movements still offers interesting new possibilities.

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