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Contentious Minds: How Talk and Ties Sustain Activism

Florence Passy and Gian-Andrea Monsch


Why does the mind matter for joint action? Contentious Minds is a comparative study of how cognitive and relational processes allow activists to sustain their commitment. With survey data and narratives of activists engaged in three commitment communities, the minds of activists involved in contentious politics are compared with those devoted to institutional and volunteering action. The book’s main argument is that activists of one commitment community have synchronized minds concerning the aim and means of their activism as they perceive common good (aim) and politics (means) through similar ... More

Keywords: social movement, activism, contentious politics, social networks, mind, cultural sociology, protest participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190078010
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190078010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florence Passy, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Lausanne

Gian-Andrea Monsch, author
Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, University of Lausanne