XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010


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Research Committee on
Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change RC48

Programme Coordinator
Benjamín Tejerina Montaña, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain, cjptemob@lg.ehu.es

Congress Programme

Collective action in the context of globalization: Between the construction of social movements and the mobilization’s outcomes

A meaningful quantity of works about the process of construction of social movements appeared in the last years. The thematic and geographical variety of these works contributed to increase our theoretical comprehension and empirical analysis of various experiences.

The next Congress of the International Sociological Association that is going to be held in Gothenburg is an excellent occasion to have a collective debate about the state of the art relating to two key features present in the dynamic of contemporary social movements in increasingly complex societies.

The first key feature is linked to the internal dimension of collective action; the effects that this action has on the creation, expansion, transformation and decline of social movements. Actions, campaigns, discourses, conflicts, etc., mediate the interaction between society and mobilization that affects the process of internal structuring of groups, organizations and social movements.

We are interested in papers that aim to analyze the impact of mobilization campaigns, internal debates, identity redefinitions, socialization processes of activists, discourse production, internal conflicts or strategy changes, and the interactions with other political and social agents about the very social movement.

The second refers to the effect of mobilizations on society, the expected or actual impact of collective actions on social and political structures in various cultural, geographical and economical contexts.

The aims would be that of providing new insights on the political and cultural effects of social movements and protest activities by addressing theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues.