Methodological Challenges in Social Movements Research
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.
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