By Nicole Doerr, Alice Mattoni, Simon Teune

This particular factor of study in Social hobbies, Conflicts and alter highlights the significance of visuals within the present examine of social activities. it really is integral interpreting because it introduces new analytical thoughts and methodological frameworks for knowing visuals in social activities; combining cultural and political research in a clean, designated and interdisciplinary method. The articles featured during this specified factor learn visible expressions of social pursuits via case stories from around the globe together with: injustice symbols within the Egyptian rebellion; contested photos from anti-surveillance protests in Germany; gendered visualization of neighborhood activism; commemorative movies of activists in fresh ecu protests; and pictures utilized in Australian activities opposed to abortion. within the open component of the amount articles research the paintings of popular political technology student Charles Tilly, and speak about vintage innovations in social circulate stories. first of all, contemplating the idea that of 'repertoire of competition' with the intention to comprehend using certain contentious performances in Latin the USA. Secondly, reading the position of 'storytelling' within the building of belief and blame in social activities.

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These points draw on various theoretical sources in and outside the mainstream of social movement studies. At the most general level they combine Alexander’s (2006, 2011a) work on activism with Barthes’ (1977) analysis of photography. In short, Alexander argues that activists are both culture ‘‘users’’ and ‘‘producers’’; that their activities involve a dialogue, as it were, with society. This approach is compatible with Barthes’ view that photographs are always infused with meaning through socially anchored interpretive frames.

The two police officers responsible for Said’s death were sentenced to seven years imprisonment in October 2011. Said’s family and activists widely considered the sentence to be too lenient. 13. facebook. uk). 14. uk/silent-stands (accessed November 29, 2011). 15. com/dispatch/news/regions/middleeast/egypt/111029/thousands-rally-alleged-torture-victim-essam-atta (accessed November 17, 2011). 16. The quote has been translated from the Danish narrator’s translation from Maher’s Arabic. 17. The fact that social media played a key role in mobilization should not eclipse the effect of personal and physical relations in that regard.

C. Alexander, R. Eyerman, B. Giesen, N. J. Smelser & P. ), Cultural trauma and collective identity (pp. 196–263). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Alexander, J. C. (2006). The civil sphere. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Alexander, J. C. (2007). ‘‘Globalization’’ as collective representation: The new dream of a cosmopolitan civil sphere. In I. ), Frontiers of globalization research: Theoretical and methodological approaches (pp. 271–282). New York, NY: Springer. Alexander, J. C. (2011a).

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