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Reimagining Social Movements
From Collectives to Individuals

ISBN 9781138277038
Published November 16, 2016 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

The social scientific study of social movements remains largely shaped by categories, concepts and debates that emerged in North Atlantic societies in the late 1960s and early 1970s, namely resource mobilization, framing, collective identity, and new social movements. It is now, however, increasingly clear that we are experiencing a profound period of social transformation associated with online interactivity, informationalization and globalization. Written by leading experts from around the world, the chapters in this book explore emerging forms of movement and action not only in terms of the industrialized countries of the North Atlantic, but recognizes the importance of globalizing forms of action and culture emerging from other continents and societies. This is the first book to bring together key authors exploring this transformation in terms of action, culture and movements. It not only engages with critical transformations in the nature of collective action, but also makes a significant contribution to the globalizing of sociology.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: subjectivity and collective action, Antimo Luigi Farro and Henri Lustiger-Thaler. Part I Subjectivity, Memory, and Collective Action: A new era for collective movements: the subjectivization of collective action, Antimo Luigi Farro; Occupying human values: memory and the future of collective action, Henri Lustiger-Thaler; The emergence of the migrant subject, Yvon Le Bot; Grassroots mobilizations for sustainable consumption, Paola Rebughini; Social movement in Japan: split mentalities and memory, Daishiro Nomiya; Emotions, memory, and new cultural movements in Turkey, Deniz Günce Demirhisar; Memory and sociology: subjectivization a de-subjectivization, Michel Wieviorka. Part II Contentious Cultures: Violence and the Egyptian Revolution, Farhad Khosrokhavar; Citizens’ movement in South Korea and reflexive modernization, Han Sang-Jin; Social movement activism in South Africa: ebbs and flows, 2000-2010, Marcelle C. Dawson and Virginia Setsmedi; Beyond institutionalization: urban movements in Rome, Massimo Allulli and Ernesto d’Albergo; Brazilian social movements in the Latin American context, Maria da Glória Gohn; Market, legitimacy, and the politics of risk: the candlelight protest in South Korea, Chang Dukjin and Shin Jin-Wook; Civil society, democratization, and globalization in Latin America, Ilán Bizberg; Religion and land takeovers in Mexico: collective miracle discourses and the building of community, Marie Christine Doran; Taking everything back: CasaPound, a far Right movement in Italy, Daniele di Nunzio and Emanuele Toscano; Group formation, riots, and immigrants: social movements in Britain, Danièle Joly. Afterword: Globalization and the war of gods, Alain Touraine; Index.

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Antimo L Farro is Professor of Sociology, University of Rome (La Sapienza). He is the author of I Movimenti Sociali and editor of Sociologia in Movimento. Henri Lustiger-Thaler is a specialist in the emerging field of collective memory and movements scholar at Ramapo College, in New Jersey USA. He is author of Political Arrangements: Power and the City and co-editor of Globalization and Social Movements and Urban Movements in a Globalizing World.


’This is an outstanding, timely and remarkably wide-ranging collection of articles on social movements, ranging across continents, and across a wide variety of movements, including rightwing movements. The editors and authors have considerable track records of social movement research and push the boundaries of social movement thinking.’ Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California Santa Barbara, USA ’This is an important contribution by distinguished social movement scholars that addresses the contemporary impact of movements. To my mind, there has never been a book of this path-breaking quality in the field. The editors cull case studies from around the world as they frame new movement practices through existing tensions between collectives and individuals, politics and culture. A collection of this sort allows us to grasp the radical transformations occurring within contemporary societies. Reimagining Social Movements: From Collectives to Individuals is a great global example of the sociological imagination.’ Shujiro Yazawa, Emeritus Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Japan ’This book is the most important review of contemporary social movements around the world. It not only describes them in all their varieties, but also moves beyond well known classical dichotomies to explain them: structural vs subjectivity, discontent vs foundational. Here you will find a complex interaction between all these dimensions, showing in one and the same instance, the hopes and failures of movements. The question remains open as to their future. This book contains all the necessary theoretical and methodological tools to address that critical question.’ Manuel Antonio Garretón, University of Chile and Chilean National Prize of Humanities and Social Sciences