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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Friends and Foes of Social Movements

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Social movements almost always have some allies and often they also have some fierce opponents. Some are real and acting supportively or hindering the movement’s mobilization and impact, while others are just perceived by the activists themselves or from the general public. Allies and opponents of social movements can change across time and space within the same mobilization. In moving away from movement-centric approaches, the social movements’ literature has progressively shifted its interest to the interaction that social movements have with other actors, but this has not yet provided an analysis of the interactions between social movements and their allies and opponents.

This midterm conference of the ESA RN25 focuses on five following topics:

* How movements are mobilizing the allies or how do they get allies they never asked for? Who are the “best” allies, at what time-point and for what?

* Which kinds of allies and opponents the movements tend to have? Inside the movement? Or outside the movement, at local, national and transnational level?

*Do the allies really matter? – How allies affect (in terms of opportunities or constraints) the movements and activists, movements’ mobilization strategies and eventual achievements of the movement?

*Strategies for fighting the opponents and its development over time. How does the social movement – opponent interaction looks like and what are its consequences for the mobilization and the movement in general.

* How social movements change their allies and opponents across time and space.

The conference will feature keynote speeches from internationally-renowned scholars,

Professor Mario Diani, Università degli Studi di Trento

Professor Florence Passy, University of Lausanne

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Dr. Lorenzo Bosi, Scuola Normale Superiore

Dr. Katrin Uba, Uppsala University
katrin.uba@statsvet.uu.se

 

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Program ESA RN25 midterm conference_SNS/Florence_October 2016

News

06/10/2017

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

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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.

24/09/2017

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

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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.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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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

Publications

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.