Moving Politics Emotion and ACT up's Fight against AIDS

ISBN-10: 0226305309
ISBN-13: 9780226305301
Edition: 2009
Authors: Deborah B. Gould
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 458
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

In the late 1980s, after a decade spent engaged in more routine interest-group politics, thousands of lesbians and gay men responded to the AIDS crisis by defiantly and dramatically taking to the streets. But by the early 1990s, the organization they founded, ACT UP, was no moreeven as the AIDS epidemic raged on. Weaving together interviews with activists, extensive research, and reflections on the author's time as a member of the organization,Moving Politicsis the first book to chronicle the rise and fall of ACT UP, highlighting a key factor in its trajectory: emotion. Surprisingly overlooked by many scholars of social movements, emotion, Gould argues, plays a fundamental role in political activism. From anger to hope, pride to shame, and solidarity to despair, feelings played a significant part in ACT UP's provocative style of protest, which included raucous demonstrations, die-ins, and other kinds of street theater. Detailing the movement's public triumphs and private setbacks,Moving Politicsis the definitive account of ACT UP's origin, development, and decline as well as a searching look at the role of emotion in contentious politics.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Emotion?
The Affects and Emotions of Mobilization
Pride and Its Sisters in Early AIDS Activism
A Shifting Emotional Habitus and the Emergence of the Direct-Action AIDS Movement
Activism as World-Making
The Pleasures and Intensities of Activism; or, Making a Place for Yourself in the Universe
The Emotion Work of Movements
The Feelings of Decline
Openings and Movement Decline
Solidarity and Its Fracturing
Despairing
Conclusion: Moving Politics
Appendix: Lesbian and Gay Newspapers
Glossary with Notes on Terms
References
Index

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