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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Shifting Forms of Political Violence: a Socio-Spatial Relational Approach

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Lorenzo Bosi and Sanjin Uležić

START YEAR 2016

END YEAR 2018

Starting from the observation that armed groups shift in their forms of political violence across time and space, the project rather than falling into the trap of creating a rigid and deterministic vision of development sequences, will seek to identify the continuous shifts and investigate those socio-spatial relations between armed groups and their constituencies that drive these trajectories from one type of violence to the other. In doing so it will develop an analytical framework based on the notion of socio-spatial relation, which integrates sociological and geographical dimensions. This is done through a comparison of the cycles of political violence perpetrated by the Red Brigades in Italy and the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland. Approaching a hitherto largely unexplored field, the empirical trajectories that this sead project will qualitatively investigate will be neither exhaustive nor universal, but they will serve for hypothesis bulding and eventually merit future empirical testing via systematic comparative analysis in a larger scale project.

 

*Project banner adapted from Ines Morigi, su disegno di Giuseppe Capogrossi, released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

                                  

FUNDING

Scuola Normale Superiore

 

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.