Complexity and Social Movements

Complexity and Social Movements

by Graeme Chesters, Ian Welsh
     
 

ISBN-10: 041534414X

ISBN-13: 9780415344142

Pub. Date: 02/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Fusing two key concerns of contemporary sociology: globalization and its discontents, and the 'complexity turn' in social theory, authors Chesters and Welsh utilize complexity theory to analyze the shifting constellation of social movement networks that constitute opposition to neo-liberal globalization. They explore how seemingly chaotic and highly

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Fusing two key concerns of contemporary sociology: globalization and its discontents, and the 'complexity turn' in social theory, authors Chesters and Welsh utilize complexity theory to analyze the shifting constellation of social movement networks that constitute opposition to neo-liberal globalization. They explore how seemingly chaotic and highly differentiated social actors interacting globally through computer mediated communications, face-to-face gatherings and protests constitute a 'multitude' not easily grasped through established models of social and political change.

Drawing upon extensive empirical research and utilizing concepts drawn from the natural and social sciences this book suggests a framework for understanding mobilization, identity formation and information flows in global social movements operating within complex societies. It suggests that this 'movement of movements' exhibits an emergent order on the edge of chaos, a turbulence that is recasting political agency in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415344142
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
International Library of Sociology Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Global Movements 2. Prefiguration and Emergence 3. Reflexive Framing: Identities, Protest Dynamics and Technology 4. From Carnival Against Capitalism to Death at High Noon: States Fight Back 5. Ecologies of Action within Global Civil Society 6. Shadow Realm: Beyond Resistance to Global Nexus 7. The Death of Collective Identity? Global Movement as a Parallelogram of Forces 8. The Map is Not the Territory

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