The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Francesca Scrinzi – Caring for the nation: narratives and practices of populist radical right men and women

On December 7th, at 11 a.m., Francesca Scrinzi (University of Glasgow) will discuss her research by presenting a paper entitled: “Caring for the nation: narratives and practices of populist radical right men and women”.

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Based on a documentary data and interviews collected during a two-year project (ERC Starting Grant, 2012-2014), this paper considers gender-specific narratives and motives for affiliation of female and male members of the National front party (France) and of the Lega Nord party (Italy), exploring the impact of intersecting relations of gender, class and age on political engagement; and analyses the gendered repertoires used by the informants to make sense of activism. The paper also examines how gender is both reproduced and challenged through political engagement both within the party and in the activists’ lives, and how this is shaped by class, age and the life-cycle.



Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.


New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.


Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies


Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.