Buchvorstellung “Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research”

Am 4. Dezember stellen Priska Daphi, Peter Ullrich und Jeffrey Broadbent das Buch “Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research” am WZB vor. Die Veranstaltung – und entsprechend auch die Einladung – sind auf Englisch.

Venue: WZB Berlin Social Science Center | Reichpietschufer 50 | 10785 Berlin | room no. A 305
Date: Thursday, 4/12/2014, 17:30-19:00

We cordially invite you to the launch of the book “Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research” (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). The book will be presented by two of the editors with a comment by Professor Jeffrey P. Broadbent. After the presentation you are invited to a glass of champagne.

Inputs by:

  • Peter Ullrich (editor, co-author, TU Berlin)
  • Priska Daphi (editor, co-author, University of Frankfurt/Main)
  • Jeffrey P. Broadbent (University of Minnesota)

Chair: Simon Teune (WZB, TU Berlin)

The event is organized by the Initiative for Social Movement Research, which is supported by the Technische Universität Berlin and the Berlin Social Science Center. Contact information: Simon Teune (,

About the book

Baumgarten, Britta, Priska Daphi, and Peter Ullrich (eds.) 2014. Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Culture has become a prominent concept in social movement research. It is, however, often employed in an unsystematic and limited way. This volume introduces and compares different concepts of culture in social movement research. It assesses advantages and shortcomings of existing concepts and introduces new approaches. In particular, it addresses facets of cultural theory that have hitherto been largely neglected in the literature on social movements. This includes ideas from anthropology, discourse analysis, sociology of emotions, narration, spatial theory, and others. The chapters in this volume address three relationships between social movements and culture: culture as a framework for movements, social movements’ internal culture, and culture and cultural change as a result of social movement activity. For the purpose of making concepts easily accessible, each contribution explains its approach to culture in an understandable way and illustrates it with recent cases of mobilization.

Read what others say about the book:

A valuable and timely contribution. The authors and editors of this terrific volume provide the tools for figuring out how culture matters to movements with a useful conceptual framework and case studies chock-full of theoretical insights. (Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine).

In line with the more general cultural turn in the social sciences, this state of the art collection of essays and analyses provides stimulating ideas and insights into theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of culture in social movements. It is a must for both curious newcomers and experienced scholars working in this field (Dieter Rucht, Prof. em., Free University Berlin and WZB Berlin Social Science Center).

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