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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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22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.

Journal Article - 2019

The Modern Prince and the Sociological Imagination

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy in Conversation with Riccardo Emilio Chesta