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Recognition Struggles and Social Movements was the first book to look comparatively and cross-nationally at the dynamic interplay between those fighting for a fairer division of economic resources and those struggling for recognition and respect of group differences. Combining theory and empirical research, it decodes the moral grammar of recognition into real struggles of collective actors who contest social hierarchies in arenas of power - from the Roma in Hungary to the Travesti prostitutes in Brazil, from abortion discourse in the US and Germany to the translation of feminist texts from East and West. Looking through multiple mirrors of gender, race/ethnic and sexual identities, the authors dramatize the competition and conflicts among groups vying for recognition. Written by prominent scholars across disciplinary and geographical borders, this book broke ground in social movement studies confronting issues of power and governance, authenticity, and boundary making.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521536080
ISBN-10: 0521536081
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Barbara Hobson

Barbara Hobson is a Professor of Sociology and holds a chair in Sociology and Gender Studies at Stockholm University. Her most recent publications include Making Men into Fathers: Men, Masculinities and the Social Politics of Fatherhood (Cambridge, 2002), Gender and Citizenship in Transition and the co-edited collection (with Jane Lewis and Birte Siim) Contested Concepts: Gender and Social Politics.

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