Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight against AIDS

Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight against AIDS

Deborah B. Gould


In the past due Eighties, after a decade spent engaged in additional regimen interest-group politics, hundreds of thousands of lesbians and homosexual males replied to the AIDS obstacle by means of defiantly and dramatically taking to the streets. yet via the early Nineties, the association they based, ACT UP, was once no more—even because the AIDS epidemic raged on. Weaving jointly interviews with activists, wide learn, and reflections at the author’s time as a member of the association, Moving Politics is the 1st ebook to chronicle the increase and fall of ACT UP, highlighting a key consider its trajectory: emotion.

Surprisingly neglected via many students of social events, emotion, Gould argues, performs a basic function in political activism. From anger to wish, delight to disgrace, and harmony to depression, emotions performed an important half in ACT UP’s provocative form of protest, which integrated raucous demonstrations, die-ins, and other forms of road theater. Detailing the movement’s public triumphs and personal setbacks, Moving Politics is the definitive account of ACT UP’s foundation, improvement, and decline in addition to a looking out examine the function of emotion in contentious politics.

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