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Challenging Codes
Collective Action in the Information Age

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  • Alberto Melucci brings an original perspective to research on collective action, emphasizing the role of culture and making telling connections with the experience of the individual in postmodern society. The focus is on the role of information in a world both fragmented and globalized, and topics addressed include political conflict, feminism, ecology, identity politics, power and inequality. The book builds on the author's Nomads of the Present (1989), and is a companion volume to The Playing Self (CUP, 1996).

    • Groundbreaking approach to collective action which emphasises the role of culture (rather than usual political approach)
    • Connects collective action and individual experience, offering unique perspective on contemporary social movements
    • Covers wide range of social issues, drawing on sociology, anthropology, psychology and politics
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    "In Challenging Codes Alberto Melucci provides a magisterial presentation of his distinctive approach to the study of contemporary social movements. At once appreciative and critical of prior work, Melucci argues for a hermeneutical approach to collective action that places identity and meaning at center stage. The approach is used to illuminate the contemporary heterogeneity and transformation of contemporary movements." Mayer N. Zaid

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511822452
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theory of Collective Action:
    1. The construction of collective action
    2. Conflict and change
    3. Action and meaning
    4. The process of collective identity
    Part II. Contemporary Collective Action:
    5. conflicts of culture
    6. Invention of the present
    7. The time of difference
    8. Roots for today and for tomorrow
    9. A search for ethics
    10. Information, power, domination
    Part III. The Field of Collective Action:
    11. A society without a centre
    12. The political system
    13. The state and the distribution of social resources
    14. Modernization, crisis, and conflict: the case of Italy
    Part IV. Acting Collectively:
    15. Mobilization and political participation
    16. The organization of movements
    17. Leadership in social movements
    18. Collective action and discourse
    19. Forms of action
    20. Research on collective action.

  • Author

    Alberto Melucci, Università degli Studi di Milano

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