Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS

Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS


By (author) Deborah B. Gould

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 458 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 28mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 8 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226305309
  • ISBN 13: 9780226305301
  • Illustrations note: 18 halftones, 5 figures
  • Sales rank: 653,836

Product description

In the late 1980s, after a decade spent engaged in more routine interest-group politics, thousands of lesbians and gay men responded to the AIDS crisis by defiantly and dramatically taking to the streets. But by the early 1990s, the organization they founded, ACT UP, was no more - even as the AIDS epidemic raged on. Weaving together interviews with activists, extensive research, and reflections on the author's time as a member of the organization, "Moving Politics" is the first book to chronicle the rise and fall of ACT UP, highlighting a key factor in its trajectory: emotion. Surprisingly overlooked by many scholars of social movements, emotion, Gould argues, plays a fundamental role in political activism. From anger to hope, pride to shame, and solidarity to despair, feelings played a significant part in ACT UP's provocative style of protest, which included raucous demonstrations, die-ins, and other kinds of street theater. Detailing the movement's public triumphs and private setbacks, "Moving Politics" is the definitive account of ACT UP's origin, development, and decline as well as a searching look at the role of emotion in contentious politics.

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Author information

Deborah B. Gould is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Review quote

"Moving Politics is not just a rich and rigorous history of ACT UP. It is also that rarest of works: one that simultaneously breaks new empirical ground while challenging our more general conceptual understanding of the subject matter. Quite simply, it will be hard for social movement scholars following Gould to ignore the emotional dimensions and dynamics of struggle." - Doug McAdam, Stanford University"