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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

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.