Embodying Protest: Culture and Performance within Social Movements

  • Jeffrey S. Juris
Part of the Anthropology, Change and Development book series (ACD)


Cultural approaches to the study of social movements are by now well ensconced in the pantheon of social movement theory as the field has moved beyond the overly rationalist, materialist, and institutional biases of resource mobilisation and early political process traditions. Responding to the challenge of new social movement theorists and the general trend toward cultural approaches across a range of fields over the past two decades, social movement scholars have produced numerous accounts of the relationship between concepts and mobilisations of culture and political protest (see e.g. Darnovsky et al. 1995; Fantasia 1988; Jasper 1997; Johnston and Klandermans 1995; Laraña et al. 1994; McAdam 1988; Melucci 1989; Rochon 1998). Despite critiques of the overly strategic and static notions of culture in many of these accounts as well as a recognition of the productive, contested, and dialogical nature of culture (Fantasia and Hirsch 1995; Polletta 1997; Steinberg 1999), there has been little attention paid to the role of performance in forging alternative emotions, meanings, and identities among activists (but see Eyerman 2006; Fine 1995; Hohle 2009; Tilly 2008).


Social Movement Cultural Performance Global Justice Black Panther Party Political Vision 
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