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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

08/04/2018

Austeridad, capitalismo y conflicto social. Nuevas tendencias en el estudio de los movimientos sociales - An interview with Donatella della Porta

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An interview with Donatella della Porta realized by COES - Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social

12/03/2018

"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

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A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.

24/02/2018

COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

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Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series

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

Monograph - 2018

I movimenti animalisti in Italia. Strategie, politiche e pratiche di attivismo.

Niccolò Bertuzzi
Il volume si focalizza su coloro che in Italia si occupano di benessere, cura, diritti e liberazione animale all'interno di contesti organizzativi. Grazie alla somministrazione di una survey, interviste agli attivisti e analisi dei frame, emergono una notevole varietà di strategie, pratiche e riferimenti valoriali, la contemporanea presenza di lobby e conflitto, e la natura complessa di un fenomeno al centro dell’attenzione mediatica ma ancora poco studiato in termini sociologici.