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New Publication: "Conceptualising Culture In Social Movement Research"

Culture has become a prominent concept in social movement research. It is, however, often employed in an unsystematic and limited way. This volume introduces and compares different concepts of culture in social movement research. It assesses advantages and shortcomings of existing concepts and introduces new approaches. In particular, it addresses facets of cultural theory that have hitherto been largely neglected in the literature on social movements. This includes ideas from anthropology, discourse analysis, sociology of emotions, narration, spatial theory, and others. The chapters in this volume address three relationships between social movements and culture: culture as a framework for movements, social movements' internal culture, and culture and cultural change as a result of social movement activity. For the purpose of making concepts easily accessible, each contribution explains its approach to culture in an understandable way and illustrates it with recent cases of mobilization.


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large parts online on Google Books:
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Discount flyer:
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Table of Contents

1. Protest And Culture: Concepts And Approaches In Social Movement Research. An Introduction (Peter Ullrich, Priska Daphi, and Britta Baumgarten)

PART I: THEORIZING CULTURE FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM

2. Feeling – Thinking: Emotions as Central to Culture (James Jasper)
3. ‘A Whole Way of Struggle?’: Western Marxisms, Social Movements and Culture (Laurence Cox)
4. Reassessing the Culture Concept in the Analysis of Global Social Movements: An Anthropological Perspective (June Nash)
PART II: CULTURE AS A FRAMEWORK FOR MOVEMENT ACTIVITY
5. Culture and Activism Across Borders (Britta Baumgarten)
6. Comparing Discourse between Cultures: A Discursive Approach to Movement Knowledge (Peter Ullrich and Reiner Keller)
7. Culture and Movement Strength from a Quantitative Perspective: A Partial Theory (Jochen Roose

PART III: INTERNAL MOVEMENT CULTURE

8. Movement Space: A Cultural Approach (Priska Daphi)
9. Movement Culture as Habit(us): Resistance to Change in the Routinized Practices of Resistance (Cristina Flesher Fominaya)
10. Memory and Culture in Social Movements (Nicole Doerr)
11. Embodying Protest: Culture and Performance within Social Movements (Jeffrey Juris)
PART IV: IMPACT OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS ON CULTURE

12. Moving Culture: Transnational Social Movement Organisations as Translators in a Diffusion Cycle (Olga Malets and Sabrina Zajak)
13. Memory Battles over May ’68: Interpretative Struggles as Cultural Re-Play of Social Movements (Erik Neveu)

What others say about the book:

A valuable and timely contribution. The authors and editors of this terrific volume provide the tools for figuring out how culture matters to movements with a useful conceptual framework and case studies chock-full of theoretical insights. (Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine).

In line with the more general cultural turn in the social sciences, this state of the art collection of essays and analyses provides stimulating ideas and insights into theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of culture in social movements. It is a must for both curious newcomers and experienced scholars working in this field.
(Dieter Rucht, Prof. em., Free University Berlin and WZB Berlin Social Science Center) 

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