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Recognition Struggles and Social Movements: Contested Identities, Agency and Power

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Recognition Struggles and Social Movements is the first book to look comparatively and cross-nationally at the dynamic interplay between those fighting for a fairer division of economic resources and those struggling for recognition and respect of group differences. Combining theory and empirical research, it decodes the moral grammar of recognition into real struggles of collective actors who contest social hierarchies in arenas of power: From the Roma in Hungary to the Travesti prostitutes in Brazil, from ...
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Overview

Recognition Struggles and Social Movements is the first book to look comparatively and cross-nationally at the dynamic interplay between those fighting for a fairer division of economic resources and those struggling for recognition and respect of group differences. Combining theory and empirical research, it decodes the moral grammar of recognition into real struggles of collective actors who contest social hierarchies in arenas of power: From the Roma in Hungary to the Travesti prostitutes in Brazil, from abortion discourse in the USA and Germany to the translation of feminist texts from East and West. Looking through multiple mirrors of gender, race/ethnic and sexual identities, the authors dramatize the competition and conflicts among groups vying for recognition. Written by prominent scholars across disciplinary and geographical borders, this book breaks new ground in social movement studies confronting issues of power and governance, authenticity, and boundary-making.
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"One cannot help but be impressed by the breadth and epth of this admirable collection." Voluntas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521536080
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Hobson is a Professor of Sociology and holds a chair in Sociology and Gender Studies at Stockholm University. Her most recent publications include Making Men into Fathers: Men, Masculinities and the Social Politics of Fatherhood (Cambridge, 2002), Gender and Citizenship in Transition and the co-edited collection (with Jane Lewis and Birte Siim) Contested Concepts: Gender and Social Politics.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Shifting paradigms? Recognition and redistribution
1 Rethinking recognition: overcoming displacement and reification in cultural politics 21
Pt. 2 Frames and claims: authority and voice
2 The gendering of governance and the governance of gender: abortion politics in Germany and the USA 35
3 Recognition struggles in universalistic and gender distinctive frames: Sweden and Ireland 64
4 Movements of feminism: the circulation of discourses about women 93
Pt. 3 Competing claims: struggles in dialogue
5 Contesting "race" and gender in the European Union: a multilayered recognition struggle for voice and visibility 121
6 Woman, black, indigenous: recognition struggles in dialogue 145
7 US women's suffrage through a multicultural lens: intersecting struggles of recognition 161
8 Conflicting struggles for recognition: clashing interests of gender and ethnicity in contemporary Hungary 188
Pt. 4 Authenticity: who speaks for whom?
9 Scandalous acts: the politics of shame among Brazilian travesti prostitutes 215
10 Mobilizing for recognition and redistribution on behalf of others? The case of mothers against drugs in Spain 239
Pt. 5 Epilogues
Recognition and the struggle for political voice 263
"Recognition struggles" and process theories of social movements 274
Notes 292
References 306
Index 331
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