Self-Experience in the Theme Park of Radical Action? Social Movements and Political Articulation in the Late-modern Condition

Ingolfur Blühdorn

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Abstract

In accordance with the established view that the new social movements since the late 1960s have always pursued an agenda of comprehensive societal change, the new wave of movement activism since the late 1990s has widely been interpreted as evidence of the emergence of a new global movement for a radically different society. A critique of the one-sided reliance in social movement research on traditional actor-centred approaches leads to a systems-centred conceptualization of late-modern society, and via the diagnosis of its particular dilemmas, to the interpretation of contemporary social movements as a vital resource for the stabilization of the socioeconomic order of democratic consumer capitalism. As an addition to the existing social movement theories, the suggested approach contributes to a more complex understanding of non-conventional forms of political articulation and participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-42
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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