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  1. Transformative Illegality: How Condoms ‘Became Legal’ in Ireland, 1991–1993.Máiréad Enright & Emilie Cloatre - 2018 - Feminist Legal Studies 26 (3):261-284.
    This paper examines Irish campaigns for condom access in the early 1990s. Against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, activists campaigned against a law which would not allow condoms to be sold from ordinary commercial spaces or vending machines, and restricted sale to young people. Advancing a conception of ‘transformative illegality’, we show that illegal action was fundamental to the eventual legalisation of commercial condom sale. However, rather than foregrounding illegal condom sale as a mode of spectacular direct action, we (...)
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  • Boundary-Work and the Demarcation of Civil From Uncivil Protest in the United States: Control, Legitimacy, and Political Inequality.Ruth Braunstein - 2018 - Theory and Society 47 (5):603-633.
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  • A Sociological Perspective on the Experience of Contention.Johan Gøtzsche-Astrup - 2022 - Sociological Theory 40 (3):224-248.
    Contention in the form of protests, riots, and direct action is a central political practice in contemporary democracies. It is also a staple of sociological analysis, after slowly crystallizing as a distinct object of analysis from the 1970s onward. Lately, however, it has become unclear what this distinctiveness consists of and how it may help guide studies of contention: What distinguishes contention from other practices? I argue that contention can be seen as an ontologically distinctive experience. What sets this experience (...)
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  • Patterns of Engagement: Identities and Social Movement Organizations in Finland and Malawi.Eeva Luhtakallio & Iddo Tavory - 2018 - Theory and Society 47 (2):151-174.
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  • Social Movements.Avery Kolers - 2016 - Philosophy Compass 11 (10):580-590.
    Social movements are ubiquitous in political life. But what are they? What makes someone a member of a social movement, or some action an instance of movement activity? Are social movements compatible with democracy? Are they required for it? And how should individuals respond to movement calls to action? Philosophers have had much to say on issues impinging on social movements but much less to say on social movements as such. The current article provides a philosophical overview of social movements. (...)
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  • Citizenship as Accumulation by Dispossession: The Paradox of Settler Colonial Citizenship.Areej Sabbagh-Khoury - 2022 - Sociological Theory 40 (2):151-178.
    This article extends critical trends of citizenship studies and the theory of accumulation by dispossession to articulate how settler colonial citizenship is instantiated through the active accrual of land and resources and how the emerging settler colonial citizenship entrenches both structural subjugation and resistance. The article then examines the reformation of the boundaries of citizenship through indigenous agency. I do so through examining the Palestinian citizens in Israel, specifically centering the Internally Displaced Persons—Palestinians who received Israeli citizenship even as they (...)
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  • The Paradox of Victory: Social Movement Fields, Adverse Outcomes, and Social Movement Success.Bert Useem & Jack A. Goldstone - 2022 - Theory and Society 51 (1):31-60.
    Recent work on social movement fields has expanded our view of the dynamics of social movements; it should also expand our thinking about social movement success. Such a broader view reveals a paradox: social movements often snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by narrowly targeting authorities with their actions instead of targeting the broader social movement field. Negative impacts from the wider social movement field can then reverse or overshadow initial victories. We distinguish between a social movement’s victory over (...)
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  • Embeddedness and Cohesion: Regimes of Urban Public Goods Distribution.Benjamin H. Bradlow - 2022 - Theory and Society 51 (1):117-144.
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  • “I Am Not Just a Feminist Eight Hours a Day”: Youth Gender Justice Activism in Ecuador and Peru.Anna-Britt Coe - 2015 - Gender and Society 29 (6):888-913.
    This article focuses on youth feminist political action in Ecuador and Peru and its relationship to contemporary gender hierarchies. I examine how and why youth gender justice activists understand their political action differently from the professionalized adult feminists who mobilize them. Grounded theory was used to collect and analyze interviews with 21 young women and men activists on gender justice. Youth activists seek cultural changes using social advocacy to target the family, household, and intimate partnerships, what I describe as politicizing (...)
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  • Critique and Social Movements: Looking Beyond Contingency and Normativity.Paola Rebughini - 2010 - European Journal of Social Theory 13 (4):459-479.
    This article aims to confront the principal arguments of the concept of critique in sociology and to demonstrate the emergence in recent years of a re-dimensioned conception of critique, on the one hand, of a pragmatic, pluralistic and contingent nature, and, on the other, show how the need for a strong and transcendental concept of critique that does not renounce the possibility of individual and collective emancipation is still present. This article argues that the analytic and empirical space in which (...)
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  • Grassroots Resource Mobilization Through Counter-Data Action.Carl DiSalvo & Amanda Meng - 2018 - Big Data and Society 5 (2).
    In this paper, we document the counter-data action and data activism of a grassroots affordable housing advocacy group in Atlanta. Our observation and insight into these data activities and strategies are achieved through ethnographic and engaged research and participatory design. We find that counter-data action through community-collected data is rooted in a legacy of Atlanta’s black activism and black scholarship; that this data activism enabled resource mobilization and critical conscious making; and that design and media production are essential post counter-data (...)
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  • What is Educational Entrepreneurship? Strategic Action, Temporality, and the Expansion of US Higher Education.Alexander T. Kindel & Mitchell L. Stevens - forthcoming - Theory and Society.
    The massive expansion of US higher education after World War II is a sociological puzzle: a spectacular feat of state capacity-building in a highly federated polity. Prior scholarship names academic leaders as key drivers of this expansion, yet the conditions for the possibility and fate of their activity remain under-specified. We fill this gap by theorizing what Randall Collins first called educational entrepreneurship as a special kind of strategic action in the US polity. We argue that the cultural authority and (...)
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  • Women's Anti-Imperialism, “The White Man's Burden,” and the Philippine-American War: Theorizing Masculinist Ambivalence in Protest.Erin L. Murphy - 2009 - Gender and Society 23 (2):244-270.
    During the Philippine-American War, the Anti-Imperialist League was the organizational vanguard of an anti-imperialist movement. Research on this period of U.S. imperialism has focused on empire building, ignoring the gendered activity of anti-imperialists in the metropole. The author outlines the constitutive relationship between gendered structures and experience that informed anti-imperialists' “contentious politics,” using archival sources of the Anti-Imperialist League and anti-imperialist debates in newspapers. The author shows how anti-imperialist leaders informally included women's monetary donations, labor, networks, and reputations while formally (...)
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  • “It’s Not Fair!”: Discursive Politics, Social Justice and Feminist Praxis SWS Feminist Lecture.Nancy A. Naples - 2013 - Gender and Society 27 (2):133-157.
    In developing strategies to contest the systematic efforts to dismantle progressive social and economic policies generated through decades of activism, it is important to understand how discursive frames that were significant in social justice organizing in the United States have come to be subjugated, delegitimated, or co-opted, and have lost their power for social justice activism. Using a materialist feminist approach, I first examine the processes of subjugation and explore how movement actors choose frames within bounded discursive fields that become (...)
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  • Faith-Based Schooling and the Politics of Education: A Case Study of Ontario, Canada.Duncan MacLellan - 2012 - The Politics and Religion Journal 6 (1):37-60.
    This paper examines the political intersection of religion and education in Ontario, Canada, from1840 to 2011. Currently, Ontario is Canada’s most ethno culturally diverse province, and Toronto, its capital city, is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The issue of public funding of religious education in Ontario has emerged at varying times in the province’s history. In particular, selective Ontario provincial election campaigns are discussed in relation to exploring the degree to which public funding of religious education (...)
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