Spreading Protest

Spreading Protest : Social Movements in Times of Crisis

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Which elements do the Arab Spring, the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street have in common? How do they differ? What do they share with social movements of the past? This book discusses the recent wave of global mobilisations from an unusual angle, explaining what aspects of protests spread from one country to another, how this happened, and why diffusion occurred in certain contexts but not in others. In doing this, the book casts light on the more general mechanisms of protest diffusion in contemporary societies, explaining how mobilisations travel from one country to another and, also, from past to present times.Bridging different fields of the social sciences, and covering a broad range of empirical cases, this book develops new theoretical perspectives.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 25mm | 671g
  • ECPR Press
  • Colchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910259209
  • 9781910259207
  • 2,198,978

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables vii
List of Abbreviations ix
Contributors xi
Preface and Acknowledgements xvii
Part I - What Spread?
Chapter One: Patterns of Diffusion and the Transnational Dimension of
Protest in the Movements of the Crisis: An Introduction 1
Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni
Chapter Two: Transnational Diffusion Across Time: The Adoption of
the Argentinian Dirty War `Escrache' in the Context of Spain's Housing
Crisis 19
Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Antonio Montanes Jimenez
Chapter Three: Learning Democracy: Cross-Time Adaptation in
Organisational Repertoires 43
Donatella della Porta
Chapter Four: Dramatic Diffusion and Meaning Adaptation:
The Case of Neda 71
Thomas Olesen
Chapter Five: From Event to Process: The EU and the `Arab Spring' 91
Ari-Elmeri Hyvoenen
Part II - How Did It Spread?
Chapter Six: They Don't Represent Us! The Global Resonance of the
Real Democracy Movement from the Indignados to Occupy 117
Jerome E. Roos and Leonidas Oikonomakis
vi Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis
Chapter Seven: The Transnational Dimension of the Greek Protest
Campaign Against Troika Memoranda and Austerity Policies,
2010 2012 137
Maria Kousis
Chapter Eight: Occupy London in International and Local Context 171
Nikos Sotirakopoulos and Christopher Rootes
Part III - Why Did it Spread?
Chapter Nine: Breaks and Continuities in and Between Cycles of Protest:
Memories and Legacies of the Global Justice Movement in the Context
of Anti-Austerity Mobilisations 193
Lorenzo Zamponi and Priska Daphi
Chapter Ten: Towards a `Non-Global Justice Movement'? Two Paths
to Re-Scaling the Left Contention in the Czech Republic 227
Jiri Navratil and Ondrej Cisar
Chapter Eleven: Flap of the Butterfly: Turkey's June Uprisings 253
Kivanc Atak
Chapter Twelve: Adapting Theories on Diffusion and Transnational
Contention Through Social Movements of the Crisis: Some
Concluding Remarks 277
Alice Mattoni and Donatella della Porta
Index 293
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Review quote

In this rich and challenging volume, Donatella della Porta, Alice Mattoni and their collaborators interrogate the transnational dimensions of the events of 2011 and find a high degree of coherence in them, despite their broad diversity and the heterogeneity of their settings. There were striking similarities in these movements: their response to the global financial and economic crisis; the degree to which they directly challenged elites; their common use of the tactic of the camp-out in public space. Most enticing was what della Porta, in her contribution, calls 'Learning Democracy - the transnational and cross-time diffusion of organisational repertoires'. The heady days of the indignados, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street are gone, but the lessons those movements pose to theories of contentious politics are advanced in this important book.' Sidney Tarrow Department of Government, Cornell University Author of The New Transnational Activism 'This empirically rich and theoretically innovative comparative volume interrogates the recent transnational wave of anti-austerity and pro-democracy mobilisations, reflecting thoughtfully on the nature of the transnational dimension in these current mobilisations in relation to the former wave of protests against global capitalism. The chapters shed light on the complex and multi-levelled mechanisms of protest diffusion - what were the ideas that travelled, how and why the protests occurred in such different contexts across time and space, and why they did not occur in other contexts. The volume makes a major contribution to the literature on diffusion in social movements, inviting readers to critically assess the traditional models of diffusion. Essential reading for social movement researchers, students and general readers interested in the phenomenon of transnational protest.' Abby Peterson Department of Sociology and Work Science University of Gothenburg 'This important book is essential reading for anyone interested in the transnational wave of "horizontalist" protest which arose in response to the Great Recession and to the austerity policies which so many governments enacted in response to it. It explains the variety of ways in which dissident ideas, practices, and tactics have diffused across borders and been adapted to local contexts. The volume is sweeping in its coverage, with case studies on the Arab Spring Iran, Argentina, Spain, Greece, the United States, Britain, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Turkey.' Jeff Goodwin New York University 'This important and fascinating collection is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the post-2008 global anti-austerity struggles, providing a much-needed comparative analysis of the political economic context and a critical assessment of the transnational dimension of the protests. Empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated, it is a must-read for anyone interested in transnational social movements, the diffusion of protest, and the prospects for democratic social, political, and economic change.' Jeffrey S. Juris Northwestern University
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About Donatella Della Porta

Donatella della Porta is Professor of Political Science at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (on leave of absence) and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. In 2011, she was awarded the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology. Her main fields of research are social movements, the policing of public order, participatory democracy, and political corruption. Among her very recent publications are: Mobilizing for Democracy. Comparing 1989 and 2011 (Oxford University Press 2014); Can Democracy be Saved? (Polity Press 2013); Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social and Political Movements (edited with D. Snow, B. Klandermans, and D. McAdam, Blackwell 2013); Clandestine Political Violence (Cambridge University Press 2013); Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann, Oxford University Press 2012); Meeting Democracy (co-edited with D. Rucht, Cambridge University Press 2012).

Alice Mattoni is a research fellow in the Centre for Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute, working with the Anticorrpt research team. Before joining COSMOS, she was a Postdoctoral Associate Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Alice obtained her Master of Research and PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. She is a co-convener of the ECPR Standing Group Participation and Mobilization and an editor of Interface: a Journal for and about Social Movements. Among her recent publications are Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change: Advances in the visual analysis of social movements (co-edited with N. Doerr and S. Teune, Emerald 2013); Mediation and Protest Movements(co-edited with B. Cammaerts and P. McCurdy, Intellect 2013); and Media Practices and Protest Politics. How precarious workers mobilise (Ashgate 2012).
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