Networks as ‘Laboratories of Experience’: exploring the life cycle of the suffrage movement and its aftermath in Ireland 1870-1937

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Beaumont, C., Clancy, M. and Ryan, L. (2020). Networks as ‘Laboratories of Experience’: exploring the life cycle of the suffrage movement and its aftermath in Ireland 1870-1937. Women's History Review.
AuthorsBeaumont, C., Clancy, M. and Ryan, L.
Abstract

Applying an innovative conceptual framework this article presents an interdisciplinary re-appraisal of the suffrage movement and its aftermath in Ireland throughout the years 1870 to 1937. New social movement theory is utilised to consider how, in the words of the Italian sociologist Alberto Melucci ‘the submerged networks of social movements are laboratories of experience’. Going beyond the previously published work of each author, this article uses the sociological lens of 'laboratories of experience' to re-analyse aspects of the suffrage movement, female activism and the wider women’s movement in Ireland. This application of social movement theory to female networks, their origins, aims and strategies, along with their interconnectedness, provides a more nuanced and detailed understanding of the ‘life-cycle’ of this movement. The article aims to demonstrate how an analysis of network dynamics and application of the concept of ‘latency’ is useful in further understanding the significance, impact and longevity of the women’s movement in Ireland.

KeywordsIrish Suffrage Movement; Female Activism; Social Movement Theory; Social networks
Year2020
JournalWomen's History Review
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Online2020
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Submitted31 Oct 2019
Deposited31 Oct 2019
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