THE TRANSNATIONAL CONDITION
Protest Dynamics in an Entangled Europe
Edited by Simon Teune
Foreword by Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University
"The volume makes a substantial contribution to the study of social movements and of the many social processes related to globalization. It addresses deficits and limitations in the existing literature on transnational movements in ways that should help movement scholars to frame the issues in new and more complex ways."
- Joe Bandy, Bowdoin College
Hardback: 260 pages
Publisher: Berghahn Books (September 2010)
Prices: $70/ £40
Social Science Research Center
ABOUT THE VOLUME.
During the last two decades Europe has experienced a rise in transnational contention. Citizens are crossing borders to advance alternative visions of Europe. They spread protest concepts and tactics and explore new ways of organizing dissent. Far from being a recent phenomenon, transnational protest is obviously more salient in a world of international corporations and global political interaction, compounded by electronic communication and cheap travel.
The transnational condition permeates all aspects of protest organization and dynamics - from individual biographies to activist networks to cycles of contention. The contributors offer insight into this multi-faceted condition by combining rich empirical evidence with reflections on the problems of transnational research.
"It is altogether fitting that this exemplary collection on the dynamics of transnational activism is dedicated to Dieter Rucht who has consistently sought to understand the "brave new world" of transnational social movement activism that is emerging all around us. These excellent chapters extend that work, even as they honor it. Indeed this is as strong a collection of writings on the topic as has yet to appear in print."
– Doug McAdam, Stanford University
"The scholars who offer the fruits of their research in "The Transnational Condition" make notable progress toward defining, and therefore understanding, supra-national protest dynamics---a rapidly expanding phenomenon across European nations. Several chapters in this volume open up new, provocative perspectives on the issue."
– John McCarthy, Penn State University
“This volume certainly develops our understanding of social movement research in terms of what questions we should be asking and where we ought to seek the answers… the book will be of interest to researchers on social and political movements, as well as those working on transnational mobilization and institutions.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Chapter 1. The Transnational Condition. An Introduction
Micro Level. Transnational Activists and Organizations
Chapter 2. Transnational versus National Activism. A Systematic Comparison of ‘Transnationalists’ and ‘Nationalists’ Participating in the 2006 European and Belgian Social Forums
Stefaan Walgrave and Jeroen van Laer
Chapter 3. How do Activists Experience Transnational Protest Events? The Case of Young Global Justice Activists from Germany and France
Meso Level. Transnational Networks, Transnational Public Spheres
Chapter 4. Public Spheres within Movements: Challenging the (Re)search for a European Public Sphere
Chapter 5. Exploring Cosmopolitan and Critical Europeanist Discourses in the ESF Process as a Transnational Public Space
Macro Level. Protest and Societal Systems
Chapter 6. Reinventing Europe. Social Movement Activists as Critical Europeanists
Donatella della Porta
Chapter 7. Porous Publics and Transnational Mobilization
Chapter 8. Thinking about Transnational Diffusion and Cycles of Protest: The 1996-2005 Wave of Democratization in Eastern Europe
Methodology and Theory of Transnational Social Movement Research
Chapter 9. National Constraints and Scale Shift in Current Transnational Activism
Marco Giugni, Marko Bandler, and Nina Eggert
Chapter 10. Individual Surveys in Rallies (INSURA). A New Tool for Exploring Transnational Activism?
Olivier Fillieule and Philippe Blanchard
Chapter 11. Prisoners of our Concepts: Liberating the Study of Social Movements
Jackie Smith and Rachel Kutz-Flamenbau
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