Power, Politics and Everyday Life: The Local Rationalities of Social Movement Milieux

  • Laurence Cox
Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


Everyday language readily identifies social movement activity — campaigning, protesting, holding meetings, issuing statements — as ‘politics’; perhaps not in the sense of parties and parliaments, but politics none the less. Much academic literature shares this view of social movements as ‘politics by other means’, from resource mobilisation and political opportunity structure approaches to analyses of movements as expressions of economic interests. It is interesting, then, that precisely in continental Europe, where contemporary movements have arguably made the greatest impact on the party system and engaged in the sharpest confrontations with the state, theorists have increasingly stressed the cultural aspects of social movements.


Everyday Life Social Movement Local Rationality Social Movement Activity Instrumental Rationality 
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