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JOURNALS

 

Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen. Analysen zu Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft

German peer-review journal founded in 1988. Published four times a year.

Interface. A Journal for and about Social Movements

International peer-reviewed, open-access and multilingual online journal founded in 2009. Published twice a year.

Mobilization. An International Journal 

International peer-reviewed journal founded in 1996. Published four times a year.

Partecipazione e Conflitto

Italian online and open-access peer-reviewed journal founded in 2009. Published three times a year.

Research in Social Movements Conflict and Change

International peer-reviewed journal founded in 1977. Published twice a year.

Social Movement Studies

International peer-reviewed journal founded in 2002. Published four times a year.

 

BOOK SERIES

 

Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

Published by Cambridge University Press.
General Editors: Mark Beissinger, Jack A. Goldstone, Michael Hanagan, Doug McAdam, Suzanne Staggenborg, Sidney Tarrow, Elisabeth J. Wood, Deborah Yashar.

Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest and Culture

Published by Ashgate.
Series Editor: Hank Johnston

Oxford Studies in Culture & Politics

Published by Oxford University Press.
Series Editors: Bob Clifford and James Jaspers

Protest, Culture & Society

Published by Berghahn Books.
Series Editors: Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Martin Klimke, Joachim Scharloth

Social Movements, Protest, and Contention

Published by University of Minnesota Press.
Series Editors: Bert Klandermans and David S. Meyer

Protest and Social Movements Published by Amsterdam University Press

Series Editors: Jan Willem Duyvendak and James M. Jasper

 

RESEARCH CENTERS AND DEPARTMENTS

 

CADIS – Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques

École des Haute Édutes en Science Sociales

Director: Philippe Bataille

Founded in 1981 by Alaine Touraine, since the very beginning CADIS focused on the sociology of action and social movements. Today, the study of mobilizations intertwine with three main axis of research: social actors and historical changes, the emergence of new subjectivies in post-industrial societies, and the crisis of urban environments.

Center for the Study of Democracy

University of California Irvine

Convenors: David Meyer and David Snow

The centre develops research aiming at understanding democratic development and democratic processes, focusing amongst other topics on social movements and collective action in the United States and across the globe.

Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy

Goldsmith College

Directors: Nick Couldry and Kate Nash

Co-Directors: Natalie Fenton and James Martin

Established in 2007, the centre develop research at the interconnection of media, communication, politics and sociology, considering amongst other topics global social movements, advocacy organisations and new media.

Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements

University of Kent

Director: Chris Rootes

Etablished in 1992, the centre focuses on contemporary forms of social and political movements and collective action, with some emphasis upon environmental movements.

Center for the Study of Social Movements

University of Notre Dame

Director: Rori McVeigh

Established in 2006, the center supports an interdisciplinary approach to the study of collective political challenges expressed via protest, collective violence, and other extra-institutional collective action.

Centro de Estudos Sociais

University of Coimbra

Director: Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Established in 1978 the Center for Social Studies is a scientific institution devoted to research and advanced training in the area of the social sciences and humanities.

Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit

London School of Economics

Director: Mary Kaldor

The research unit focuses on how ordinary people shape or try to shape the decisions that affect their lives with a particular focus on human security and civil society, including social movements and civic associations.

CRAPUL – Centre de Recherche sur l’Action Politique

University of Lausanne

Established in 2002, the centre aims at promoting collective research on political action from the point of view of comparative political sociology.

Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara

Chair: Verta Taylor

The department supports multi-level and multi-method approaches to social inquiry. For 30 years, the department has been at the forefront of research and graduate training in social movements, revolutions and social change.

Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Chair: Suzanne Staggenborg

The department fosters collaborative research between faculty and students and allows for specializations in sociological research, with a focus on social movements and politics and culture.

Forum for Civil Society and Social Movement Research

University of Gothenburg

Launched in 2011 to enhance the communication and collaboration of social movement scholars in the Nordic Countries, the Forum for Civil Society and Social Movement Research has its base at the Department of Sociology, with close ties to national and international research networks studying social movements.

Institute for Protest and Social Movement Studies

The institute is primarily a place for research. Its aim is to deliver and spread theoretically guided, empirically grounded and both scientifically and politically relevant knowledge in the field of protest and social movements. Along with its research activities, the institute also intends to become a center for research cooperation with other institutions at home and abroad.

Movement Media Research Action Project

MMRAP was founded in 1986 by the co-directors William Gamson and Charlotte Ryan to support marginalized constituencies’ understanding of and access to media. Based in Boston, MA, its mission is to strengthen progressive social movements working toward social justice and inclusive participatory democracy.

Observatori del Conflicte Social

University of Barcelona

Academic coordinators: Salvador Aguilar, María T. Bretones y Jaime Pastor

The Social Conflict Observatory is linked to the research group Research on Social Conflict and Change. It aims at developing knowledge about the logics of social conflict and change. The dominant analytical approach is relational: relationships between individual are the basic social units of social inquiry; and it relies as well on a critically oriented positive sociology.

Politics and Protest Workshop

CUNY Graduate Center, New York City

Coordinators: James M. Jasper and John KrinskyFounded in 2008, this weekly meeting draws students and faculty to discuss research and theory in progress on any topics having to do with protest and politics. It is open to all visitors.

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION NETWORKS

 

ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Founded in 1980, the section fosters the study of emergent and extra-institutional social forms and behavior, particularly crowds and social movements. With about 800 members, it is one of the largest in the American Sociological Association.

ASA Section on Labor and Labor Movements

The Labor and Labor Movements Section strives to be a forum for existing work, to create networks and graduate mentoring opportunities that will stimulate interaction and increase the rigor and creativity of future work, to bring researchers, applied sociologists, and rank-and-file members of the labor movement together for discussion and debate.

CES Social Movement Research Network

Established in 2011, the CES Social Movements Research Network brings together scholars interested in social movements, popular protest and contentious politics in Europe, as well as in the ways in which social movements interact with spheres such as the media, culture and memory, democratic institutions, policing, and the longer-term outcomes of social movements both positive and negative.

ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization

Established in 2004, the ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization provides a forum for different schools of participation research to meet, compare approaches, and develop new research strategies.

ECPR Standing Group on Political Violence
The Standing Group aims to provide a collaborative network and infrastructure for international junior and senior scholars working on aspects of political violence, including guerrilla warfare, insurgency, terrorism, rebellion and civil war.

ESA RN25- Social Movement Research Network

The ESA Social Movement Research Network provides organize panels sessions in general and mid-term conferences on social movements from a sociological perspective.

 

BLOGS AND RESEARCH WEBSITES

 

Mobilizing Ideas

Founded in 2011, the blog Mobilizing Ideas is linked to the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame. It publishes invited original essays on social movements, social change, and the public sphere by leading scholars and engaged activists.

Open Democracy

Founded in 2001, it is an open access electronic magazine that publishes high quality analysis on relevant political and social issues, including social movements and collective actions.

ResponsiveGov

The website of the ResponsiveGov reserarch project, which aims at investigating to what extent governement respond to collective and publicly expressed opinion – also in the form of protests – between elections.

Tributes to Charles Tilly

A website with an extensive collection of annotated links to web resources about the life and work of Charles Tilly, a leading scholar in social movement studies.

 

PODCASTS AND VIDEOS

 

Social Movements, Political Violence and the State. 

LSE Public Lecture of Donatella della Porta
Event organiser: Department of Government Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Can Social Movements Replace Parties? 
Danilo de Biasio interview to Donatella della Porta for Radio Popolare.

News

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.