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Publikdragande namn eller aktivistermed drag i?: Om symboliskt kapital som maktresurs i den globala rättviserörelsens lokala organiseringsarbete
Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande, Linköpings universitet.
2010 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 47, no 3, 73-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Crowd-pulling names or energetic activists? On symbolic capital as a power resource in the local organizational work within the global justice movement

The article explores the global emergence of local Social Forums by means of an ethnographic study of the organization of the Stockholm Social Forum. In international academic debate, the forums are often discussed as a “globalization from below” and a new deliberative democratic process. However, empirical research on the organizational process, and its power relations, has been very limited. The theoretical concept symbolic capital (Bourdieu) and concepts from conversation analysis (CA) are used to analyze how power in terms of priority of interpretation is constructed in conversations between activists with differing political backgrounds. A detailed empirical analysis is based on the case of an internal discussion about inviting keynote speakers to the local forum. The results show how transnational networks and specific knowledge about the global social forum process became symbolic capital in the organizational process. Holders of this specific form of symbolic capital gained priority of interpretation in the internal discussions. This had an impact on the practical outcome of the organizational process in terms of the symbolic framing of the Social Forum. It is argued that the social forum process produces specific forms of cultural distinctions, social hierarchies and patterns of exclusion.

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Sveriges sociologförbund , 2010. Vol. 47, no 3, 73-97 p.
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social forums, symbolic capital, power in social movements, ethnography, global justice movement.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-17465OAI: diva2:812791

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