Challenging Codes

Collective Action in the Information Age

Challenging Codes

Alberto Melucci brings an original perspective to research on collective action, emphasizing the role of culture and making telling connections with the experience of the individual in postmodern society. The focus is on the role of information in a world both fragmented and globalized, and topics addressed include political conflict, feminism, ecology, identity politics, power and inequality. The book builds on the author's Nomads of the Present (1989), and is a companion volume to The Playing Self (CUP, 1996).


"In Challenging Codes Alberto Melucci provides a magisterial presentation of his distinctive approach to the study of contemporary social movements. At once appreciative and critical of prior work, Melucci argues for a hermeneutical approach to collective action that places identity and meaning at center stage. The approach is used to illuminate the contemporary heterogeneity and transformation of contemporary movements." Mayer N. Zaid

'Melucci's new book - his master book - is both the most comprehensive analytical study of social movements and an elaborate analysis of the new generation of collective actions which try to incorporate into private and collective experience the effects of a globalized and rapidly changing social context'. Alain Touraine, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris