Targets in the Field: Relational Perspectives on Social Movement Objects

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 21 (Main Building)
RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)

Language: English

Relational analysis, field perspectives, and dynamic approaches to the study of social movements are developing theories which, while different in focus, converge in their recognition of multiple, changeful, and emergent processes that shape mobilization. 
One element that consistently comes up in all three is the role of the targets or objects of mobilization, and how they are never passive players in the equation. Targets of social movements – the diversity of state bureaus, agents of social control, corporations, local/regional/national politicians, and the mass media – are always strategic players in the mobilization equation. 
This session is an opportunity to consider different ways that giving targets a more central place deepens our understanding of mobilization processes.
Session Organizer:
Hank JOHNSTON, San Diego State University, USA
Sara HELMAN, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
“She's a Spy!” - Trust/Mistrust Relations in Social Movement Research
Nora ATEIA, SFB 923, Universität Tübingen, Germany; Courtney DORROLL, Wofford College, USA; Katharina WINKLER, Ludwig-Uhland-Institut, Universität Tübingen, Germany