1st Edition

The Social Organization of Disease
Emotions and Civic Action





ISBN 9780367873004
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Empirically, this book is a case-study analysis of dissolution processes in German AIDS organizations. Indeed, why is it that civic organizers start out with a commitment to a cause but end up dissolving their organization? This question is exactly what Kleres seeks to tackle within The Social Organization of Disease.





Focusing on the emotional bases of dissolved German AIDS organizations to develop a typology of civic action and organizing, Kleres presents a perspective on non-profit organizations that analyses organizational development through the emotional sense making of individual organizers, within the light of larger political processes and cultural contexts. To this end, this volume develops and applies a new methodology for researching emotions empirically, expanding the scope of narrative analysis. However, parallel to this, The Social Organization of Disease also explores how shifting discursive processes establish emotional climates and thus impact on state policies and the evolution of AIDS organizing.





The book would appeal to sociologists and political scientists working in the field of social movements and non-profit organisations: but it would also appeal to those who are interested in the sociology of emotions. It would potentially be of interest to non-profit scholars who consider community-based organizations, volunteerism and advocacy, and secondarily, to medical sociologists interested in AIDS service organizations. Sociology, International relations, Social Work, Political Science. May be of interest for NGO-activists and/or employees and leadership.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Conceptual Problems



Theoretical Problems



Theories of Volunteerism



Advances: Theories of Social Movements



Conceptual Problems Revisited: Empowering Distinctions



A Framework



Structure of the Book: On Studying Disbanded AIDS Organizations



References





Towards a Political Sociology of AIDS Service Organizations



A First Premise: The Social Construction of AIDS



The (Non-)Emergence of AIDS Organizations



A Second Premise: The Evolution of Public Health



Queer Corporatism



Professionalization and its Discontents



Power in the Field: The Field of AIDS Organizing



AIDS Service Organizations as Political and Discursive Agents



Conclusion: AIDS Service Organizations as a Form of Power



References





AIDS Organizations in Germany



Parallels: A Brief Note on the AIDS Discourse in Germany



The Role of Identity: The Emergence of AIDS Relief Organizations



The Power of Discourse: The Evolution of AIDS Policies in Germany



The Stakes of AIDS Organizing and of its Political Inclusion



The Evolution and Transformation of AIDS Relief



The Normalization of AIDS



Differences – The German Case in Contrast



Conclusion



References





Making Sense of Neo-Corporatism and Neo-Institutionalism



Neo-Corporatism – Principle Considerations



The Rationalist Premises of Neo-Corporatism



Neo-Institutionalism



Key Assumptions of Neo-Institutionalism



Neo-Institutionalism and Social Change



The Sensemaking Approach



Sensemaking: The Process of Organizing



Seven Characteristics and Some Sources of Sensemaking



Conclusion



References





Sensemaking, Narrative Analysis, and Emotions



Narrative Methodology and Analysis



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Biography

Jochen Kleres is a postdoctoral researcher at the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.