Sociology of Discourse

From institutions to social change

ORCID logoÓscar García Agustín | Aalborg University
ISBN 9789027206527 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268297 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Sociology of Discourse takes the perspective that collective actors like social movements are capable of creating social change from below by creating new institutions through alternative discourses. Institutionalization becomes a process of moving away from existing institutions towards creating new ones. While discourses entail openness and enable the questioning of what is instituted, institutions offer continuity and stability to social mobilizations. This dual movement of openness and stabilization explains how social struggles ensure their continuity, without completely assuming the logic of the dominant order. The book proposes an analytical model of social change, which is unfolded through three intertwined areas: discourse, communication, and institution. Collective experiences of social change, from the anti-globalization movement to Occupy, illustrate the main theoretical points and concepts. Through the example of the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages, the book concludes by analyzing how social change from below is possible.
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“In this Sociology of Discourse, Óscar García Agustín suggests an innovative model that puts discourse and social movements at the very centre of social change processes. Thus, the book examines how discursive practices (such as those of social movements), aimed at the production of social meaning, challenge current institutions and allow for the appearance of new ones. In deploying this approach, the book presents a bright and exciting analysis of some of the major challenging contemporary social movements, such as Piqueteros, V-de Vivienda, Strike Debt, #YoSoy132, Zapatistas, the World Social Forum, Chilean students, and the platform for people affected by mortgages in Spain, among others. This illuminating panorama of ongoing struggles and (possible) social change, which gives prominence to a sociological over a linguistic perspective, is without any doubt one of the major contributions of this book.”
“In this provocative book García places discourse, institutionalisation and social movements front and center of an account of social change. Illustrated with contemporary case studies, and framed in a theoretically rich framework, García challenges us to rethink how power, language and collective agency work to bring about social transformation.”
“One of the main goals of this book is to ask how social movements ensure continuity. Óscar García Agustín proposes to find the answer to this question in the theoretical problematization of the relations between discourse and institutionalization. Now, the constituent processes of anti-globalization and occupy movements also have a book, a sociological reflection of adequate impetus to the analysis of the different components of the movement. The end of the book could not be happier, by introducing the case of the PAH, being both about social unionism and municipalism and from which we can immediately learn about the constituent role of discursive practices. The constituent process is not a fixation of social change but rather its affirmation, always remaining open. It is not the measure of change in terms of success or failure that is interesting, but the renewed dynamics of the constituent power.”
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Agustín, Óscar García
2017. The Aesthetics of Social Movements in Spain. In Street Art of Resistance,  pp. 325 ff. DOI logo
García Agustín, Óscar & Martin Bak Jørgensen
2021. On Transversal Solidarity: An Approach to Migration and Multi-Scalar Solidarities. Critical Sociology 47:6  pp. 857 ff. DOI logo
Gutiérrez-Cueli, Inés, Javier Gil, Miguel A. Martínez & Ángela García-Bernardos
2023. The Housing Struggle of Working-Class Migrant Women in Spain Through a Double Horizon of Political Temporality. Housing, Theory and Society  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Maarek, Eman A. & Sarah H. Awad
2018. Creating Alternative Futures: Cooperative Initiatives in Egypt. In Imagining Collective Futures,  pp. 199 ff. DOI logo
Martinez, Miguel A.
2019. Bitter wins or a long-distance race? Social and political outcomes of the Spanish housing movement. Housing Studies 34:10  pp. 1588 ff. DOI logo
Martínez, Miguel A. & Javier Gil
2024. Grassroots struggles challenging housing financialization in Spain. Housing Studies 39:6  pp. 1516 ff. DOI logo
Martínez, Miguel A. & Bart Wissink
2023. The outcomes of residential squatting activism in the context of municipalism and capitalism in Madrid and Barcelona (2015–2019). Journal of Urban Affairs 45:1  pp. 65 ff. DOI logo

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Communication Studies

Communication Studies



Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2015017516 | Marc record