Methodological practices in social movement research

Period of duration of course
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Course info
Number of course hours
20
Number of hours of lecturers of reference
20
Number of hours of supplementary teaching
0
CFU 3
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Modalità esame

Seminars

Prerequisiti

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"

Programma

The seminar sessions will be based on the chapters of a Cosmos book on methodological practices in social movement research. The volume aims at introducing main methods of data collection and data analysis as they have been used in research on social movements. The specificity of the course is in its  emphasis on the how-to-do-it (rather than, e.g., on review of existing research using specific methods). Each author is in fact invited to write on a method s/he is very familiar with, having used its extensively in his/her own work. Each chapter presents specific discussions on each steps of research using a certain method: from research design to data collection and the use of the information. In this, dilemmas and choices are presented, and illustrated (mainly with materials from the author’s own research).

Each session will be in discussed by one or more researchers. All researchers who attend the workshop will be asked to read and comment the assigned readings focusing on the potential use of each specific method for his/her research. They will be asked to write short positional papers, to be discussed during the sessions.

  

Syllabus

Reading: Donatella della Porta (ed.), Methodological practices in social movement research, Oxford University Press, 2014.

 

Session 1: Methodological practices in social movement research: an introduction

February 9, 11-13

Readings:

Introduction, by Donatella della Porta

 

Session 2: Participant observation

February 9, 14-16

Readings:                                   

Participant observation, by Philip Balsinger and Alexandre Lambelet

The potential of Grounded Theory in the study of social movements, by Alice Mattoni

 

Session 3

February 12, 11-13

Comparative historical research

Readings:

Comparative historical analysis, by Daniel Ritter 

 

Session 4:

February 12, 14-16

Using archives

Readings:                                   

Historical Methodologies: Archival research and oral history in social movement research, by Lorenzo Bosi and Herbert Reiter

 

Session 5:

February 19, 11-13

Protest Event Analysis

Readings:                                   

Protest events analysis and its Offspring, by Swen Hutter

 

Session 6:

February 19, 14-16

Using surveys at demonstration

Readings:                                   

Surveying Protestors: Why and how, by Massimiliano Andretta and Donatella della Porta

 

Session 7

February 26, 11-13

Qualitative interviews

Readings:                                   

In-depth interviews, by Donatella della Porta

Life histories, by Donatella della Porta

 

Session 8

February 26, 14-16

Group interviews

Readings:                                   

Focus groups, by Donatella della Porta

 

Session 9. Discourse analysis

February 29, 11-13

Readings:                                   

Discourse and frame analysis: in depth- analysis of Qualitative data, by Lasse Lindekilde

 

Session 10.

February 29, 14-16

The analysis of images

Readings:                                   

Working with images, by Nicole Dorr

Obiettivi formativi

Each sessiom  presents specific discussions on each steps of research using a certain method: from research design to data collection and the use of the information. In this, dilemmas and choices are presented, and illustrated (mainly with materials from the author’s own research). All researchers who attend the workshop will be asked to read and comment the assigned readings focusing on the potential use of each specific method for his/her research. They will be asked to write short positional papers, to be discussed during the sessions.