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Challenging Codes

Challenging Codes
Collective Action in the Information Age


Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521578431

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  • In Challenging Codes Melucci brings an original perspective to research on collective action which both emphasizes the role of culture and makes telling connections with the experience of the individual in postmodern society. The focus is on the role of information in an age which knows both fragmentation and globalisation, building on the analysis of collective action familiar from the author's Nomads of the Present. Melucci addresses a wide range of contemporary issues, including political conflict and change, feminism, ecology, identity politics, power and inequality.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Melucci provides a magisterial presentation of his distinctive approach to the study of contemporary social movement.' Mayer Zald, University of Michigan

    'Melucci's new book - his master book - is both the most comprehensive analytical study of social movements and an elaborate analysis of the new generation of collective actions which try to incorporate into private and collective experience the effects of a globalized and rapidly changing social context'. Alain Touraine, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521578431
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.737kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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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