Contributors: Betz, Gregor (TU Dortmund)
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl Allgemeine Soziologie der TU Dortmund.
Forschungsschwerpunkte: Soziale Bewegungen, Eventisierung, Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie.
Aktuelles Forschungsprojekt: Protest-Hybride. Zur Relevanz von Spaß und hedonistischen Motiven bei Protestereignissen
Scientific paper contribution: Serious Pleasure. Motivation in fun-emphasising social movements
Abstract: How can solutions for contemporary crises be implemented in modern societies, in which entertainment advanced to the guideline of our life and in which the process of ‘eventisation’ can be considered in almost all social fields? Based on outcomes of an ethnographical sociological research project, fun-emphasising protest events will be analysed, that try to integrate short-term thrill-seeking and serious action. These events will be explored and the motivation of participants, the characteristics of performance and the (real and mediatised) social construction will be analysed. Furthermore observed tensions between fun and seriousness, between thrill and politics and the way, how players handle these tensions will be described. Objective of the presentation is to find empirical evidence for opportunities and limitations of ‘serious Pleasure’ for the change of social practices in general.