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Moving politics : emotion and ACT UP's fight against AIDS / Deborah B. Gould.

  • Gould, Deborah B. (Deborah Bejosa)
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"In this first book to analyze the emergence, development, and decline of the direct-action AIDS movement ACT UP, Deborah B. Gould explores a factor that only recently has entered the sights of social movement scholars and is still largely ignored in the social sciences in general: emotion. An inquiry into the affective stimuli and blockages to political activism, Moving Politics provides an in-depth analysis of the emotional dimensions of contentious politics. Weaving together interviews with activists, extensive research, and reflections on the author's time as a member of ACT UP, Moving Politics explores political imaginaries and their conditions of possibility; the psychic effects of oppression; ambivalence and activism; social movements as sites of collective world-making; the erotics, humor, and intensities of activism; solidarity and its fracturing; and political despair. Gould not only documents a disappearing history; she also plumbs that history with an eye toward opening imaginative possibilities for the present."--Back cover.


Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Physical description

xii, 524 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Introduction: Why emotion? -- I: 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 -- II: Activism as world-making. The pleasures and intensities of activism; or, making a place for yourself in the universe ; The emotion work of movements -- III: The feelings of decline. Openings and movement decline ; Solidarity and its fracturing ; Despairing -- Conclusion: Moving politics -- Appendix: Lesbian and gay newspapers.


  • English

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