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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Riccardo Emilio Chesta

Research Fellow

Riccardo Emilio Chesta is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Trento, a M.A. in Social Sciences from the EHESS and ENS Paris, and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He has been Teaching Assistant in Sociological Theory at the University of Trento, Research Assistant for the University of Toulouse and Visiting Scholar at the Urban Democracy Lab, New York University. He is a contributor to Sociologica. Italian Journal of Sociology, and he collaborates with the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan. His work has investigated the dilemmas of expertise and political contention focusing on the relations between expertise and activism on large-infrastructural projects and on industrial plants. He is currently working on digital capitalism, industry 4.0 and their consequences for collective action

 

Research interests: social theory, Sociology of Knowledge & Expertise, Contentious politics, political economy, and Sociology of Innovation & Technology

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.