The Identity Dilemma

The Identity Dilemma : Social Movements and Collective Identity

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Collective identities are politically necessary, or at least useful, as banners for recruiting others and engaging opponents and the state. However, not every member fits or accepts the label in the same way or to the same degree. The Identity Dilemma provides eight diverse case studies of social movements to show the benefits, risks, and tradeoffs when a group develops a strong sense of collective identity. The editors and contributors to this pathbreaking volume examine how collective identities can provide powerful advantages but also generate conflicts. The various chapters help to develop our understanding of collective identity from how strategic identities are developed for protest groups to how stigmatized groups negotiate identity dilemmas. Ultimately, The Identity Dilemma contributes a new strategic approach to understanding social movements that highlights the choices and tensions that groups inevitably face in articulating their ideas and interests. Contributors include: Marian Barnes, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Umut Korkut, Elzbieta Korolczuk, John Nagle, Clare Saunders, Neil Stammers, Marisa Tramontano, Huub Van Baar, and the editors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Philadelphia PA, United States
  • English
  • 1439912521
  • 9781439912522
  • 2,753,305

Table of contents

PrefaceIntroduction: The Identity Dilemma, Social Movements, and Contested Identity * James M. Jasper and Aidan McGarry1 Scholarly Research on Collective Identities * James M. Jasper, Marisa Tramontano, and Aidan McGarry Part I: Strategic Identities in Protest Movements2 "Sectarianism: Danger": Nonsectarian Social Movements and Identity Politics in Divided Societies * John Nagle3 Autonomous Social Movements and the Paradox of Antiidentitarian Collective Identity * Cristina Flesher Fominaya4 The Challenges of Using Survey Instruments to Measure the Identities of Environmental Protesters * Clare Saunders5 Contested Identities in Struggles for Human Rights: A Long View * Neil StammersPart II: Stigmatized Groups and Collective Identity Dilemmas6 Survivors, Consumers, or Experts by Experience? Assigned, Chosen, and Contested Identities in the Mental Health Service User Movement * Marian Barnes7 Enacting Memory and the Hard Labor of Identity Formation: Rethinking the Romani Movement and Its Historiography * Huub van Baar8 Those Who Are Full Can Never Understand the Hungry: Challenging the Meaning of Infertility in Poland * Elzbieta Korolczuk9 Making the Extreme into the Ordinary: Cultural Legacies and the Identity Work of Hungary's Right * Umut KorkutContributorsIndex
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About Aidan McGarry

Aidan McGarry is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Brighton, UK. His research focuses on marginalized minority groups and has been published in journals including Ethnicities, Ethnic and Migration Studies, Critical Social Policy, Ethnopolitics and Social Movement Studies.

James M. Jasper teaches sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Protest: A Cultural Introduction to Social Movements and The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements.
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