Thursday, 4 December 2014

Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research

Book Launch

We cordially invite you to the launch of the book “Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research” (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). The book will be presented by two of the editors with a comment by Professor Jeffrey P. Broadbent.

Inputs by

Peter Ullrich (editor, co-author, TU Berlin)
Priska Daphi (editor, co-author, University of Frankfurt/Main)
Jeffrey P. Broadbent (University of Minnesota)

Chair: Simon Teune (WZB, TU Berlin)

The event is organized by the Initiative for Social Movement Research, which is supported by the Technical University of Berlin and the WZB.

About the book
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.

Baumgarten, Britta, Priska Daphi, and Peter Ullrich (eds.) 2014. Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

To register, please reply to Simon Teune: teune [at],