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Lek och empowerment: de alternativa rummens roll i sociala rörelser
Sociologiska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.
2010 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 47, no 3, 49-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Play and empowerment: the role of alternative spaces in social movements

The article examines the role played by alternative space in social movements and argues that it plays a crucial role in counter-acting feelings of powerlessness and facilitating the empowerment of subaltern groups. Alternative space is defined – using Benjamin’s notions ofshock, nature and history – as constituted by forms of interaction in which society is made to appear as history. To facilitate empowerment, alternative space must, firstly, provide a place for subaltern groups in which they are no longer subordinated; secondly, instill hope that social change is possible and encourage such change; and, thirdly, expand or consolidate alternative space itself. These tasks can easily enter into conflict with each other, since they sometimes appear to require alternative space to adopt more ”abstract” forms of interaction in which aspects of the social situation are bracketed and sometimes more ”concrete”ones in which such aspects are again given attention. In order to study how movements may relate to this difficulty, the article looks at three contemporary Japanese social movements with NAM, New Start / New Start Kansai and the General Freeter Union as central organizations. Only the third successfully combines the three tasks, in large measure through its skillful use of the play-element.

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Sveriges sociologförbund , 2010. Vol. 47, no 3, 49-72 p.
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alternative space, social movement, empowerment, play
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-17462OAI: diva2:812754

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