Processes of Collective Action

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 course is articulated into 9 sessions according to the syllabus. Every session will be primary organized as a collective discussion rather than a lecture. For each of the meetings, students are required to adopt a pro-active stance based on the reading of all the articles/chapters in the reading list. During each session a student will prepare a 10 minutes presentation, with questions, comments and critics that can stimulate further discussion after the topic of the session has been presented from the lecturer. All students must do the readings and active participation in the seminar is compulsory. Academic guests from SNS will give invited talks on specific topics related to the course.

Master (50%) and PhD students will be evaluated through their participation and active participation in class. PhD students are not required to write a paper as the instructor will only determine whether they have passed (or failed) the course. Those PhD students who are willing to write their term paper on the topic of the course, between 5,000 and 6,000 words, must agree the topic of the paper with the professor. Master students must produce a final paper (in Italian or English) of not more than 3,000 words on one of the topics covered during the course (50%). Students are expected to attend all class meetings except in cases of Covid reasons, illness or urgent family issues. More detailed information on the requirements of the course will be discussed on the first day of class.

Schedule

 

Session N. 1 Introduction: from variables to processes: Monday 8, April 2024

(h.10-13)

  

Readings (TBC)

Buechler, Steven. 2011. Understanding Social Movements. London, Pardigm Publisher.

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 2 Contentious Politics: Thursday 11, April 2024

(h.10-12)

 

Readings (TBC)

McAdam, Doug, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly. 2001. Dynamics of Contention. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 3 Strategic Interactionism: Monday 15, April 2024

(h.10-12)

 

Readings (TBC)

Jasper, J. M. (2006). Getting your way. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 4: Symbolic Interactionism: Thursday 18, April 2024

(h.10-12)

  

Readings (TBC)

Fillieule, Olivier. 2010. “Some Elements of an Interactionist Approach to Political Disengagement” Social Movement Studies 9(1): 1–15.

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 5 Individual pathways: Monday 22, April 2024

(h.10-12)

  

Readings (TBC)

Viterna, Jocelyn. 2006. “Pulled, Pushed and Persuaded: Explaining Women’s Mobilization into the Salvadoran Guerrilla Army” American Journal of Sociology 112(1): 1–45.

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 6 Collective actors trajectories: Monday 29, April 2024

(h. 10-12)

 

Readings (TBC)

Bosi, Lorenzo and Lorenzo Zamponi. 2020. “Paths Toward the Same Form of Collective Action: Direct Social Action in Times of Crisis in Italy” Social Forces 99(2): 847–869.

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 7 Social change: Monday 6, May 2024

(h.10-12)

 

Readings (TBC)

Bosi, Lorenzo and Katrin, Uba. In Progress. “Collective actions’ dynamics of social change: a processual perspective.” in Bosi and Malthaner (eds.) Processes of Collective Action. TUP.

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 8 Processes of radicalization: Monday 13, May 2024

(h.10-12)

Guest Lecturer Dr. Stefan Malthaner (HIS) (TBC)

 

Readings (TBC)

Malthaner, Stefan. 2017. “Radicalization: The evolution of an analytical paradigm” European Journal of Sociology 58: 369-401.

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Session N. 9 “Riots”: The dynamics of weakly coordinated collective action: Tuesday 14, May 2024

(h.10-13)

Guest Lecturer Dr. Stefan Malthaner (HIS) (TBC)

 

Readings (TBC)

Additional readings (TBC)

 

Obiettivi formativi

This seminar aims to provide students with a solid grounding in processual perspectives on collective action. This means research perspectives that trace how episodes of political contention and individual pathways evolve (and interact) over time, and how collective actors, frameworks of interpretation, forms of action, and political opportunities are constructed and transformed. In the first part of the seminar we will review major processual approaches; in the second part, we will discuss how to apply processual approaches to ongoing research on collective action. By the end of the seminar, the hope is that students will be on their way to develop processual research on collective action.