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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Xabier Itçaina

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Xabier Itçaina is a CNRS Research fellow in political science at the Centre Emile Durkheim (Sciences Po Bordeaux) and was a Marie Curie Fellow at the EUI Florence (2012-2013). His dissertation focused onto the interactions between Catholicism and Basque collective identity. His current research is organized around three main themes: a) Catholicism and politics in Southern Europe (the Catholic Church and ethnoterritorial mobilizations, religious actors and local welfare, religious third sector and immigration); b) the territorial dynamics of social economy (European regulations, territorial dynamics in France, Spain and Italy); c) political anthropology of identity politics in the Basque Country (farmers’ mobilizations, ethnolinguistic mobilizations, workers’ cooperatives, cross-border civil society mobilizations, transformations of traditional repertoires of contention). These researches are theoretically grounded on a weberian perspective, historical neo-institutionalism, social movements studies, sociology of religion and historical political sociology. Among his publications are: Harguindéguy J.-B., Itçaina X. (2012), “Towards an institutionalized language policy for the French Basque Country? Actors, processes and outcomes”, European Urban and Regional Studies, 19(4): 434-447; F. Foret, X. Itçaina (eds.) (2011), Politics of religion in Western Europe. Modernities in conflict?, Routledge; Itçaina X., Weisbein J. (dir.) (2011), Marées noires et politique. Gestion et contestations de la pollution du Prestige en France et en Espagne, L’Harmattan; Itçaina X. (2011), “The power of powerlessness: religious actors’ peaceful mediation in the Basque conflict”, in J. Faget (ed.), Mediation in political conflicts. Soft power or counter-culture?, Oxford: Hart, p. 65-88; X. Itçaina (dir.) (2010), La politique du lien. Les nouvelles dynamiques territoriales de l’économie sociale et solidaire, PU Rennes; Itçaina, X. (2007), Les virtuoses de l’identité. Religion et politique en Pays Basque, PU Rennes; Itçaina X. (2006), « The Roman Catholic Church and the Immigration Issue. The relative Secularization of Political Life in Spain », American Behavioral Scientist Journal, 49(11): 1471-1488.

 

Research interests: religion and politics, identity and territorial politics, social economy and third sector, and traditional repertoires of contention

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13/12/2017

Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

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Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

04/12/2017

Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

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The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS

10/11/2017

Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

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We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA) and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.