Cross‐Talk in Movements: Reconceiving the Culture‐Network Link

Ann Mische

in Social Movements and Networks

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251780
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599057 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 Cross‐Talk in Movements: Reconceiving the Culture‐Network Link

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In dialogue with recent developments in cultural sociology, this chapter looks at the forms of discourse generated by movement activists in response to the multiple relations in which they are involved. Networks are reinterpreted as multiple, cross‐cutting sets of social relations sustained by conversational dynamics within social settings. They are at the same time the location for the development of movement solidarities and for the transmission of messages, identity, etc. across movements. The chapter identifies several conversational mechanisms that characterize the process of network construction and reproduction. It also introduces a technique, Galois lattices, to map the complexity of conjunctures of actors and events in a dynamic way.

Keywords: conversation; cultural analysis; cultural sociology; discourse; Galois lattices; identity; network construction; social movements; social relations; solidarity

Chapter.  10742 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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