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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Linus Westheuser

PhD candidate

Linus Westheuser is a PhD candidate at Scuola Normale Superiore. He is interested in the social dynamics of right-wing populism, particularly how populists shift the boundaries of class and national belonging. Linus has studied Sociology, Political Science and Philosophy at Humboldt-Universität Berlin, King’s College London and École Normale Supérieure de Cachan. In his MA thesis, he examined social conditions and discursive mechanisms in mobilizations against refugees in Germany. His BA thesis dealt with the idea of structural homologies in the French structuralist tradition. Linus is a member of COSMOS and the working group on social movement theory of the Institute for Protest and Movement Studies Berlin (IPB). He has worked as an editorial assistant and translator at the Berliner Journal für Soziologie, the Berlin Institute for Critical Theory, and the Chimurenga Chronic magazine.

Research interests: Relational approaches to mobilization, boundary making, everyday nationalism, political violence, and sociology of masculinities

News

29/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

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The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.

20/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

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The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.