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Federico M. Rossi – Conceptualizing strategy making in a historical and collective perspective

On September 14th, at 14.30, Dr. Federico M. Rossi (National University of San Martín – UNSAM, Argentina) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Conceptualizing Strategy Making in a historical and collective perspective”.

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In this talk Dr. Rossi proposes two concepts with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of historically rooted and collective processes of strategy making and performing that transcend the overemphasis of the specialized literature on contentious and public action. These concepts are repertoire of strategies and stock of legacies. He proposes these concepts as a complement to Charles Tilly’s “repertoire of contention.” The implications of incorporating a focus on strategies are central for social movement studies because they lead us to pay attention to actors and their intentions, and the interactions among the intentions of a variety of deliberate actors. Moreover, with these concepts he aims to recover Machiavelli’s analysis of strategies through a historical understanding of the construction of strategies.

In this talk Dr. Rossi claims that when studying the interaction of any social movement with the state, allies and antagonists, the public performances identified by a “repertoire of contention” approach is just part of the story. There are many other activities performed by social movements that are part of their strategic quest for influencing political decisions that are neither contentious nor public. However, He does not propose as an alternative reducing analysis to the study of micro-tactics. The complete story is built by the multiple and simultaneous strategies that guide and give meaning to each tactical action performed by the collectives that constitute a movement.

Dr. Rossi illustrates both concepts with an analysis of Argentina’s piqueteros (picketers) –the main unemployed workers’ movement of the world.

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Publications

Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2018

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