Practice Movements: The Politics of Non-sovereign Power

Eckert, Julia (2015). Practice Movements: The Politics of Non-sovereign Power. In: Della Porta, Donatella; Diani, Mario (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements. Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations. Cary: Oxford University Press 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199678402.013.46

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Practice movements, that is, forms of unorganized collective action, are a central site of politics. Their defining moments are that their goals are expressed in practices rather than in words, and that these “pre-ideological” practices aim at access to or redistribution of goods, whether material or symbolic, rather than at representation. They are transgression rather than resistance in that they transgress restrictions inherent in the material organization of space, property relations, status orders, and normative regulations, be they laws, morals, or customs. Practice movements are above all about access and participation rather than about autonomy, and thus have an ambiguous relation to the transformation of the status quo. Their politics are transformative and they can produce temporary or lasting changes in the material grounds or in the regulation of the everyday life of those who pursue them, and potentially of the normativity and the organization of the wider social order.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

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Eckert, Julia


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations


Oxford University Press




Johanna Weidtmann

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15 Dec 2014 12:09

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09 Sep 2017 06:19

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