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Title: Dis/agreement : an enquiry into the normative origins of social conflict
Author: Klimova, Sveta
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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The thesis attempts to expose the problematize the assumptions behind the contemporary theories of collective action (also known as social movement theories), concerning the nature of social conflict. The problem of collective action is conceived by those theories as a problem of mobilization of resources (the resource mobilization theory) and solidarities (the new social movement theory), which, insofar as it occurs within the context of confrontation, is also mobilization against the adversary. Conflict is construed as a moment in a power relationship, an interaction of strategic kind where the aim and expected outcome of mobilization, on both sides, is to prevail over the adversary, i.e. win in a power struggle. Success is a function of power mobilized, an outcome of strategic advantage over the opponent. Resolving differences between the two positions engaged in conflict is considered to have nothing to do with understanding that the two positions share and all to do with understandings that divide them, i.e. with interests rather than norms. The space where conflict is happening, according to these theories, is a space outside normative integration. Conflict is seen as a temporary suspension of normative order. Questioning the validity of this understanding, the thesis argues that social conflict, such as protest, would be neither meaningful nor possible outside a normative relationship. It proceeds to show that conflict is an internal development within a normative relationship, a product of shared understandings of right and wrong. Drawing on the empirical research into three different social movements in post-communist Russia, the thesis demonstrates that protest is a communicative accomplishment: to protest is to state and communicate disagreement with the opponent’s position so as to influence that position and thus overcome disagreement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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