This chapter presents three interviews with three influential voices in the field of social movement and civil society studies, namely, those of Doug McAdam, Jeffrey Alexander, and Nina Eliasoph. They all share their perspectives on social movements’ role in society’s moral development, the role of morality internally in social movements, and the role of morality for social science as a practice. In addition, they each discuss the moral foundations and implications of three global contentious struggles: Doug McAdam discusses the background and implications of the 2021 riot at Capitol Hill as related to a global right-wing backlash protest cycle. Jeffrey Alexander discusses the cultural and moral significance of the #MeeToo movement and how it demonstrates the potentials of a global civil sphere. Finally, Nina Eliasoph discusses how the climate crisis presents itself as unimaginable in the sense that it will change everyone’s way of life so profoundly that we cannot imagine what the future may be like and suggests that prefigurative communities is one way activists can approach such a political issue.
|The Power of Morality in Movements : Civic Engagement in Climate Justice, Human Rights, and Democracy
|Anders Sevelsted, Jonas Toubøl
|Udgivet - 2023
|Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies
Published online: 08 November 2022.
- Movements in society
- Morality in movements
- Morality in social science
- Right-wing backlash
- 2021 US Capitol attack
- The climate justice movement