Contentious Minds: How Talk and Ties Sustain Activism

ISBN : 9780190078027

Florence Passy; Gian-Andrea Monsch
360 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2020
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Why does the mind matter for collective action? In Contentious Minds, Florence Passy and Gian-Andrea Monsch explain how cognitive and relational processes allow activists participate in and sustain their commitment to activism. Based on a wide array of survey and interview data with activists engaged in protest, volunteering and unions, they highlight how a commitment community develop shared values, identities, and meanings through interaction. The interplay of talk and ties enables stories and meanings to be constructed and exchanged, conveys worldviews and intentions that are modified through ongoing conversations, and reinforces and maintains commitment over time. Passy and Monsch's ambitious work brings the mind and culture back into the study of social movements and highlights the crucial role social networks play in constructing the communities and shared values that sustain commitment.


Chapter 1: Contentious Minds in Action
Chapter 2: A Cognitive-Relational Process
Chapter 3: Synchronized Minds
Chapter 4: Common Good and Intentionality
Chapter 5: Politics and Intentionality
Chapter 6: Networks as Islands of Meanings
Chapter 7: Culture in Mind

About the author: 

Florence Passy is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Gian-Andrea Monsch is a Senior Researcher at FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences based at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

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