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Toward a Class-Cultural Theory of Social Movements: Reinterpreting New Social Movements

Toward a Class-Cultural Theory of Social Movements: Reinterpreting New Social Movements This paper examines the relationship between social class and social mobilization through reviewing the case of new social movements. The middle-class membership of new social movements is well documented but poorly explained by current New Class, New Social Movement, and Cultural Shift theories. These theories fail to recognize the interdependence between interests, values, and expressed ideas. Class culture provides an alternative framework for interpreting the complex relationships between class interests and consciousness in these movements. Through a comparison of working- and middle-class cultures, it is proposed that social class orders consciousness and shapes the interpretation of interests. Class cultures produce distinct class forms of political and organizational behavior while not defining any particular content of movement issues or politics. In particular, the middle-class membership of new social movements is explained by the cultural form of these movements which is distinctly middle class. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociological Forum Springer Journals

Toward a Class-Cultural Theory of Social Movements: Reinterpreting New Social Movements

Sociological Forum , Volume 12 (3) – Sep 29, 2004

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Social Sciences; Sociology, general; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0884-8971
eISSN
1573-7861
DOI
10.1023/A:1024681328657
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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between social class and social mobilization through reviewing the case of new social movements. The middle-class membership of new social movements is well documented but poorly explained by current New Class, New Social Movement, and Cultural Shift theories. These theories fail to recognize the interdependence between interests, values, and expressed ideas. Class culture provides an alternative framework for interpreting the complex relationships between class interests and consciousness in these movements. Through a comparison of working- and middle-class cultures, it is proposed that social class orders consciousness and shapes the interpretation of interests. Class cultures produce distinct class forms of political and organizational behavior while not defining any particular content of movement issues or politics. In particular, the middle-class membership of new social movements is explained by the cultural form of these movements which is distinctly middle class.

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Sociological ForumSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 29, 2004

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