Challenging Codes: Collective Action in the Information Age by Alberto Melucci

By Alberto Melucci

Alberto Melucci brings an unique viewpoint to analyze on collective motion, emphasizing the position of tradition and making telling connections with the event of the person in postmodern society. the point of interest is at the function of knowledge in an international either fragmented and globalized, and themes addressed comprise political clash, feminism, ecology, identification politics, strength and inequality. The ebook builds at the author's Nomads of the current (1989), and is a spouse quantity to The taking part in Self (CUP, 1996).

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This approach signifies a real change of perspective. Historical studies and the sociology of work, for example, have shown the multiplicity of levels present in what, almost by linguistic convention, is called 'the The construction of collective action 21 workers' movement' and which, despite its analytical heterogeneity, stemmed from a common, underlying social condition (Calhoun 1982; Fantasia 1988; Hirsch 1990a). Strikes have never been homogeneous phenomena, for, internally, they have brought together a host of mutually conflicting demands, including those aimed at the organizational system of the firm, those addressed to the political system, and elements of class struggle against the capitalist mode of production as such (Badie 1976).

Its action therefore involves a whole range of problems, actors, and objectives. One dimension may outweigh the others and thus give a particular character to a movement. Alternatively, the dimensions may combine in different ways. An empirical 'movement' within an historical society is often the confluence of the marginal and deviant groups present in a system, and aggregate behaviours form and coagulate within it. On its borders, action dissolves into mere negotiatory behaviour or violent rupture according to whether it becomes wholly integrated within sphere of the rules and limits 38 Theory of collective action of the system or loses its capacity to locate an adversary and a common field for conflict.

We must therefore seek to understand how this unity is built and what different outcomes are generated by the interaction of its various components. This approach signifies a real change of perspective. Historical studies and the sociology of work, for example, have shown the multiplicity of levels present in what, almost by linguistic convention, is called 'the The construction of collective action 21 workers' movement' and which, despite its analytical heterogeneity, stemmed from a common, underlying social condition (Calhoun 1982; Fantasia 1988; Hirsch 1990a).

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