Waves of Social Movement Mobilizations in the Twenty-First Century

Waves of Social Movement Mobilizations in the Twenty-First Century : Challenges to the Neo-Liberal World Order and Democracy

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Based on case studies, this book analyzes a recent wave of social movement and protests in the twenty-first century. It has two overarching broadly defined themes: first, to identify commonalities across the social movements and protests in terms of strategies, desire, hopes as well as the main factors in the decline of the movements. And second, to underline the significance of the general economic, social, and political conditions in which these protests arose. Although there are specific national and local context-specific reasons for the protests observed in different countries, the gradual integration of the post-war neo-liberal hegemonic world order is the fundamental overarching structural factor behind these protests. From Turkey to Spain, Greece to Mexico, and the Netherlands to the U.S., this book observes that the "outsiders" of the system resist against the oppression of the neo-liberal world system.show more

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  • Hardback | 178 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 black & white halftones
  • 0739196359
  • 9780739196359

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This book provides a very sophisticated and thoroughly insightful analysis of social mobilization at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is an innovative and remarkably perceptive study of the significance and varieties of contemporary social mobilizations and their consequences. -- Bogdan Szajkowski, University of Exeter Situating the recent wave of social movements within a broader, global, context marked by, among other things, the failures of the neoliberal world order, this collection of essays brings a much-needed comparative dimension to the analysis of 'contentious politics' in the twenty-first century. A valuable contribution to the growing field of social movement studies. -- Umut Ozkirimli, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University A critical research collection, written by inspiring social movements' scholars, comprises case studies from Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Iceland, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. In about seven years and more (2008-2015) of the enduring global political-economic crisis and its repercussions, we are witnessing not only waves of social movement mobilizations but also a more mature, rich, and creative theoretical and empirical scholarship as offered by this book. -- Miri Gal-Ezer, Kinneret Collegeshow more

About Nahide Konak

Nahide Konak is associate professor of sociology at Abant Izzet Baysal University. Rasim Ozgur Donmez is associate professor of international relations at Abant Izzet Baysal University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Seeking (and Finding) Democracy, Mark Purcell Chapter 2: The Indignados and the Global Diffusion of Forms of Protest Against Authoritarianism and Structural Adjustment Programs, Ernesto Castaneda Chapter 3: The Greek Social Movements and an Analysis of the Reaction in Greece to the Gezi Park Protests, Gokce Bayindir Goularas Chapter 4: # Yo Soy 132: A Networked Social Movement of Mexican Youth, Luis Ruben Diaz Cepeda Chapter 5: Deconstructing Neo-Patrimonial System via Humor: Gezi Park "Capulcu" Protests in Turkey, Nahide Konak and Rasim Ozgur Donmez Chapter 6: Squatting (in Turkey): A Practice of Transforming Public Spaces into Commons?, Helga Rittersberger-Tilic Chapter 7: Occupying Power: Strategies for Change in Occupy London, Sam Halvorsen and Simon Thorpe Chapter 8: Wildfire Movement's Crashing on the Local Trenches: A Comparison of Occupy Los Angeles and Occupy Amsterdam, Walter Nicholls and Justus Uitermark Chapter 9: Political Economy of European Mobilization: Why Did the Anti-Austerity Movements Fail, Beyza C. Tekin and Rifat Baris Tekinshow more

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