Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 443–458 | Cite as

Music in Movement: Cultural Politics and Old and New Social Movements



After a period of interdisciplinary openness, contemporary sociology has only recently rediscovered culture. This is especially true of political sociology, where institutional and network analyses, as well as rational choice models, have dominated. This article will offer another approach by focusing on the role of music and the visual arts in relation to the formation of collective identity, collective memory and collective action. Drawing on my own research on the Civil Rights movement in the United States and the memory of slavery in the formation of African-American identity, and its opposite, the place of white power music in contemporary neo-fascist movements, I will outline a model of culture as more than a mobilization resource and of the arts as political mediators.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark

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