Legacies and Memories in Movements

Legacies and Memories in Movements : Justice and Democracy in Southern Europe

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The impact of legacies and memories on social movements has been paid only limited attention in what is now a sizeable literature. While there is a growing interest in memory, there is little systematic theory or comparative research on the long-lasting institutional consequences of important events-or how they are remembered by future generations.

In Legacies and Memories in Movements, Donatella della Porta and her collaborators examine the concepts of historical legacy and memory, suggesting ways to apply them in analyses of the long-term effects of movements, movement participation, and movement strategies and tactics. In particular, they explore a critical juncture, rich with consequences for social movements: the transition to democracy. Through a comparative-historical study of social movements in Spain, Portugal, Italy and
Greece, the authors tease out the complex and varied ways different modes of transition can produce new types and uses of memories for social movements. To do so, they analyze how moments of transition create institutional change that impacts future movements and consider how past protests enhance and
constrain social movements today.

Focusing on the reverberation of events and how past events serve as guides for the future, Legacies and Memories in Movements brings together the literature on collective memory and social movements for the first time.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 163 x 240 x 19mm | 444g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0190860936
  • 9780190860936
  • 1,928,300

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Past and Present: History as Resource and Constraint for Social Movements
Chapter 2 Transition Times in Memory
Chapter 3 Institutional Legacies
Chapter 4 Movements' Legacies
Chapter 5 Movement Memories
Chapter 6 Legacies, Memories, and Social Movements: Some Comparative Remarks
List of Interviews
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This book provides important insights for scholars in sociology and political science. A thorough examination of how meanings emerge through historical pathways shows how studying history and memory can assuage the present-oriented bias of current sociological scholarship. * Timothy Kubal, California State University, Fresno, American Journal of Sociology *
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About Donatella Della Porta

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences, and Director of the PhD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies.

Massimiliano Andretta is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pisa.

Tiago Fernandes is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nova University in Portugal.

Eduardo Romanos is a Ramon y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Sociology I at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Markos Vogiatzoglou is working as a Scientific Adviser to the Greek Government's Minister of State.
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