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The Social Organization of Disease : Emotions and Civic Action

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Empirically, this book is a case-study analysis of dissolution processes in German AIDS organizations. Indeed, why is it that civic organizers start out with a commitment to a cause but end up dissolving their organization? This question is exactly what Kleres seeks to tackle within The Social Organization of Disease. Focusing on the emotional bases of dissolved German AIDS organizations to develop a typology of civic action and organizing, Kleres presents a perspective on non-profit organizations that analyses organizational development through the emotional sense making of individual organizers, within the light of larger political processes and cultural contexts. To this end, this volume develops and applies a new methodology for researching emotions empirically, expanding the scope of narrative analysis. However, parallel to this, The Social Organization of Disease also explores how shifting discursive processes establish emotional climates and thus impact on state policies and the evolution of AIDS organizing. The book would appeal to sociologists and political scientists working in the field of social movements and non-profit organisations: but it would also appeal to those who are interested in the sociology of emotions. It would potentially be of interest to non-profit scholars who consider community-based organizations, volunteerism and advocacy, and secondarily, to medical sociologists interested in AIDS service organizations. Sociology, International relations, Social Work, Political Science. May be of interest for NGO-activists and/or employees and leadership.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Line drawings, black and white; 17 Halftones, black and white; 18 Illustrations, black and white
  • 113889804X
  • 9781138898042

About Jochen Kleres

Jochen Kleres is a postdoctoral researcher at the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.show more

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By curiously focusing on disbanded organizations and the emotions of the actors involved, rather than their imputed reasons or interests, Kleres' research opens new vistas of analysis and theorizing. This is an important book, innovative and insightful. Jack Barbalet, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Based on a rich empirical research, Jochen Kleres develops an action-based theory of non-profit. Building upon social movement studies as well as studies of volunteerism, he convincingly argue for going beyond a rational choice approach, considering instead the motivational role of emotions. A very original and tought-provoking contribution to reflections in both fields and beyond. Donatella della Porta, Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences and Director of the PD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Conceptual Problems Theoretical Problems Theories of Volunteerism Advances: Theories of Social Movements Conceptual Problems Revisited: Empowering Distinctions A Framework Structure of the Book: On Studying Disbanded AIDS Organizations References Towards a Political Sociology of AIDS Service Organizations A First Premise: The Social Construction of AIDS The (Non-)Emergence of AIDS Organizations A Second Premise: The Evolution of Public Health Queer Corporatism Professionalization and its Discontents Power in the Field: The Field of AIDS Organizing AIDS Service Organizations as Political and Discursive Agents Conclusion: AIDS Service Organizations as a Form of Power References AIDS Organizations in Germany Parallels: A Brief Note on the AIDS Discourse in Germany The Role of Identity: The Emergence of AIDS Relief Organizations The Power of Discourse: The Evolution of AIDS Policies in Germany The Stakes of AIDS Organizing and of its Political Inclusion The Evolution and Transformation of AIDS Relief The Normalization of AIDS Differences - The German Case in Contrast Conclusion References Making Sense of Neo-Corporatism and Neo-Institutionalism Neo-Corporatism - Principle Considerations The Rationalist Premises of Neo-Corporatism Neo-Institutionalism Key Assumptions of Neo-Institutionalism Neo-Institutionalism and Social Change The Sensemaking Approach Sensemaking: The Process of Organizing Seven Characteristics and Some Sources of Sensemaking Conclusion References Sensemaking, Narrative Analysis, and Emotions Narrative Methodology and Analysis Convergences: Sensemaking and Narrative Analysis Emotions and Narrative Analysis The Narrativity of Emotions Towards Narrative Emotion Analysis Other Linguistic Manifestations of Emotions A Note on Realism in Narrative Interviewing Non-Conscious Emotions Sensemaking and Emotions References Activists, Volunteers, and Small Town Adversities Paul's Activism: Moral Shocks in a Climate of Adversity Bureaucratization Communal Counter Organizing and its Discontents Paul's Retreat Activism Volunteerism: Sandra and Claudia Getting Involved The Temperate Experience of Stigmatization Volunteerism vs. Activism Distinctions Dissolution Conclusion References AIDS Politics Between Compassion and Pity Peter: Volunteerism, Political Inclusion, and Self-Confidence Decline and Absurdity Compassion, Rationalized AIDS Discourse, and Depoliticization Formalization and Conflicts Alfons: Pity and Avoiding Narration Irrelevance: An Urban-Professional Perspective Supporting Others and Pity Dissolution: A Minimal Tragedy Conclusion References Cuddly Easterners, Professionalism, and the West Professionalization as a Tragedy of Activism: Adam Community and its Preservation in Changing Times Life in the Face of Death In the West: Ambivalences of Building an Eastern German AIDS Relief Chapter Ironies of Community Organizing: Professionalization The Woes of Normalization Funding Conflicts The Feeling of Alienation & Activism Professionalism: Erwin "My First Job as a Social Worker": Professionalism The Burdens of Grassroots Participation Personal or Political? Funding Conflicts Phoenix from the Ashes: Continuation Professionalism Solidarity and Communal Organizing: Benjamin Positive Identifications But Whose Identity? Inertia and Dissolution Critique of Professionalization The Funding Conflict: East vs. West? Conclusion References Professionalism and the Limits of Migrantic Activism Medical Professionalism: Sarah Getting Involved: Discoveries of Medical Professionalism Community Dynamics, the Burdens of Professional Work, and Professional Pride Inclusions and Transformations Emerging Conflicts Cut-Backs and Gradual Dissolution Professional Volunteerism: Onur Intermediating Difference: Professional Volunteering Constructions of Success: Bridging in Action Conflicts and Dissolution Hybrid Activism: Anil Hybrid Identifications Navigating Conflicts Dissolution Conclusion References Conclusion: The Meaningful, Emotional, and Powered Nature of Nonprofits A Different Take on Nonprofits Three Modes of Civic Action Modes of Civic Action, Narrativity, and Sensemaking Hybridity and Interrelatedness Contexts and Conditions Modes of Civic Action and Civic Organizations Demise Coda References Appendix 1: Reflections on Fieldwork Appendix 2: Transcription Systemshow more