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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Collective Action and the Refugee Crisis

This part analyzes, through qualitative and quantitative data, the protest events related to the so-called refugee crisis that is taking place since 2015. From a comparative perspective, it aims at mapping the wide set of actions and initiatives that are being created in solidarity with refugees that made the journey to the European Union to seek asylum, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or through Southeast Europe. We focus on these cases from the perspective of social movement studies and of the sociology of migration. The research includes related issues, such as the development of counter-hegemonic frames and social coalitions during critical junctures, the mobilizations in support of (or by, but also against) refugees, the interaction of these events with the economic crisis and the war-on-terrorism discourse, the knowledge produced by social movements, the emotional as well as cognitive dimensions of the campaigns, as well as their impact on party politics in the different countries and at the transnational level.

 

Researchers who are contributing to this part include:

  • Javier Alcalde, who is conducting research on France/UK, the European level and Spain
  • Massimiliano Andretta, who is conducting a protest-event analysis
  • Semih  Çelik, who is conducting research on Turkey
  • Jochen Kleres, who is conducting research on Sweden
  • Chiara Milan, who is conducting research on the ex Yugoslavian countries and Austria
  • Leonidas Oikonomakis, who is conducting research on Greece
  • Elena Pavan, who is conducting a protest-event analysis
  • Andrea Pirro, who is conducting research on Hungary
  • Martin Portos, who is conducting a protest event analysis
  • Lorenzo Zamponi, who is conducting research on Italy

News

05/03/2019

Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.

05/03/2019

A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

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On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.

21/02/2019

Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

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Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2019.

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.