Methodological Challenges in Social Movements Research

Friday, 20 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)

Language: English

At the third Isa Forum of Sociology in Vienna (2016) researchers coming from different regions of the world, and with very different research approaches, tried to find common ground perspectives in social methods and practices in order to analyse social movements in contemporary times. This panel go on the way of the above providing fruitful debates focused on methodological reflections regarding new approaches and practices asking both theoretical and empirical grounded cases of study.


Following the most recent tendencies of conceptualising social movements, one of the aims of the panel is to debate actual trends in constructing and designing research questions in order to address the social movements’ research field. Every methodological choice has to intervene with ontological, normative and theoretical positions, dealing with methodological debates and finding new trends to overcome opposite positions. The panel aims to open a reflection on how to make easier the integration of different methods and methodological practices and overcome methodological struggles between the qualitative and quantitative approach.


We invite to present theoretically driven or empirically grounded papers addressing the following main topics, among others:


(1) New conceptual and theoretical thinking about methods and methodological techniques in studying social movements;


(2) Methodological reflections regarding new approaches and practices;


(3) Construction of empirical research data addressing new methodological approaches, but also about the use of old/traditional methods in the analysis of new collective spaces.

Session Organizers:
Liana Maria DAHER, University of Catania, Italy and Camilo TAMAYO GOMEZ, EAFIT University, Colombia
Liana Maria DAHER, University of Catania, Italy and Camilo TAMAYO GOMEZ, EAFIT University, Colombia
Oral Presentations
A Researcher’s Intentions – Nuancing the Question of Outsider-Insider Relationships in Social Movement Research.
Deborah SIELERT, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany; Catharina PEECK-HO, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Hyperlink Analysis As a Tool for Exploring Collective Action
Augusto GAMUZZA, University of Catania, Italy; Anna Maria LEONORA, University of Catania, Italy
Studying Dynamics of Repression and Mobilization in Protest Cycles: An Analytical Framework Proposal
Debora MACIEL, Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning - Cebrap, Brazil; Marta MACHADO, Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning - Cebrap, Brazil
Movement Building Analysis As Method: The Case of the Wisconsin Uprising
Ben MANSKI, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA