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Advances in the visual analysis of social movements

Nicole Doerr; Alice Mattoni; Simon Teune

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Type: Edited Volume
Year: 2013

This special issue of Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change highlights the importance of visuals in the current study of social movements. It is indispensable reading as it introduces new analytical concepts and methodological frameworks for understanding visuals in social movements; combining cultural and political analysis in a fresh, unique and interdisciplinary way. The articles featured in this special issue examine visual expressions of social movements through case studies from across the globe; including: injustice symbols in the Egyptian uprising; contested images from anti-surveillance protests in Germany; gendered visualization of local activism; commemorative videos of activists in recent European protests; and images used in Australian movements against abortion. In the open section of the volume articles examine the work of renowned political science scholar Charles Tilly, and discuss classic concepts in social movement studies. Firstly, considering the concept of repertoire of contention in order to understand the use of distinct contentious performances in Latin America. Secondly, analyzing the role of storytelling in the construction of trust and blame in social movements.
Table of Contents:
• Foreword • Toward a Visual Analysis of Social Movements, Conflict, and Political Mobilization, Nicole Doerr, Alice Mattoni, Simon Teune (pp. xi – xxvi) • Part I: Special Topic: Advances in the Visual Analysis of Social Movements • “We are all Khaled Said”: Visual Injustice Symbols in the Egyptian Revolution, 2010–2011, Thomas Olesen (pp. 3 – 25) • Bodies Keying Politics:A Visual Frame Analysis of Gendered Local Activism in France and Finland, Eeva Luhtakallio (pp. 27 – 54) • Images of Surveillance: The Contested and Embedded Visual Language of Anti-Surveillance Protests, Priska Daphi, Anja Lê, Peter Ullrich (pp. 55 – 80) • The Emotional Imperative of the Visual: Images of the Fetus in Contemporary Australian Pro-Life Politics, Kirsty McLaren (pp. 81 – 103) • Protest Movements and Spectacles of Death: From Urban Places to Video Spaces, Tina Askanius (pp. 105 – 133) • Part II: Comments on Advances in the Visual Analysis of Social Movements • What we can do with Visual Analysis in Social Movement Studies: Some (Self) Reflections, Donatella della Porta (pp. 137 – 144) • Part III: General Theme: Narratives and Repertoires of Contention • The Work Stories do: Charles Tilly’s Legacy on the Provision of Reasons, Storytelling, and Trust in Contentious Performances, Marc W. Steinberg, Patricia Ewick (pp. 147 – 173) • Repertoires of Contention and Tactical Choice in Latin America, 1981–1995, James C. Franklin (pp. 175 – 208) • About the Contributors, pp. 209 – 212)
Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, 2013, Vol. 35, Special issue. ISBN: 9781781906354; 9781781906361 ISSN: 0163-786X

News

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.