Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS (Paperback)
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Short Description for Moving Politics Chronicles the rise and fall of ACT UP - the organization founded by lesbians and gay men - highlighting a key factor in its trajectory: emotion. This book offers an account of ACT UP's origin, development, and decline as well as a look at the role of emotion in contentious politics.
- Published: 08 January 2010
- Format: Paperback 458 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780226305301 ISBN 10: 0226305309
- Sales rank: 431,688
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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 more - even 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 Politics" is 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 Politics" is 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.