Articulated Experiences

Toward a Radical Phenomenology of Contemporary Social Movements

By Peyman Vahabzadeh

Subjects: Philosophy Of The Social Sciences
Series: SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Paperback : 9780791456200, 234 pages, December 2002
Hardcover : 9780791456194, 234 pages, December 2002

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Table of contents


1. What Can New Social Movements Tell about Post-Modernity?

2. Identity and Contemporary Social Movements

3. Identity, Experiential Hegemonies, Urstiftung

4. Articulated Experiences: The Epochal (Trans-)Formations of Identities and Social Movements

5. Technological Liberalism and the Oppressive Categorization of "Transgressive" Actors

6. An Epochal Theory of Action

7. Radical Phenomenology and the Sociology of Possibilities



Analyzes new social movements and their ramifications for social and political theory.


By reexamining the very foundations of everyday acting and thinking and stepping into the open expanse of a possible transition to a postmodern era, this book presents a radical phenomenological approach to the study of contemporary social movements. It offers a theory of acting that refuses to surrender to norms and legislations and thus always intimates a mode of thinking that challenges various manifestations of ultimacy. Vahabzadeh invites us to radically rethink many basic principles that inform our lives, such as the democratic discourse, the concept of rights, liberal democratic regimes, time and epochs, oppression, acting, and the practice of sociology, in an effort to instate a reworked concept of experience in theories about social movements.

Peyman Vahabzadeh is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow of Political Science at the University of Victoria.