In this paper I apply Pierre Bourdieu"s theory of practice to the study of internal movement culture in a prefigurative social movement organization, using data from an ethnographic study of a nascent food cooperative. Organizers of the cooperative, who were white and highly educated, attempted to promote an inclusive movement culture and organizational structure that would facilitate cross-class and cross-race alliances with neighborhood residents. I argue that group attempts to promote inclusivity were undermined by counter-processes, the origins of which I trace to group members" social locations as white, educated individuals influenced by the discourse and ideology of the alternative food movement and the Catholic Worker movement. Evidence from this case suggests that values-based movements in the New Social Movements paradigm may reinforce, rather than ameliorate, structural inequalities.
|Contributor||Christian Smith, Committee Chair|
|Contributor||Mary Ellen Konieczny, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Erika Summers-Effler, Committee Member|
|Degree Level||Master's Thesis|
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