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Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics : Street Citizens: Protest Politics and Social Movement Activism in the Age of Globalization - Marco Giugni

Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

Street Citizens: Protest Politics and Social Movement Activism in the Age of Globalization

Hardcover Published: 4th April 2019
ISBN: 9781108475907
Number Of Pages: 256

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What are protest politics and social movement activism today? What are their main features? To what extent can street citizens be seen as a force driving social and political change? Through analyses of original survey data on activists themselves, Marco Giugni and Maria T. Grasso explain the character of contemporary protest politics that we see today - the diverse motivations, social characteristics, values and networks that draw activists to engage politically to tackle the pressing social problems of our time. The study analyzes left-wing protest culture as well as the characteristics of protest politics, from the motivations of street citizens to how they become engaged in demonstrations to the causes they defend and the issues they promote, from their mobilizing structures to their political attitudes and values, as well as other key aspects such as their sense of identity within social movements, their perceived effectiveness, and the role of emotions for protest participation.

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'Using a rich database, which covers protesters marching on different issues, in several years, in various countries, Marco Giugni and Maria T. Grasso illuminate the paths of (contentious) participation by Europeans, the social bases for the protest, the interaction between protest and institutional politics, the micro-dynamics of mobilization, the emotional dimension of protests and demonstrators' motivations.' Donatella della Porta, Director of the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) and Dean of the Institute for Humanities, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
'In this unprecedented book, Giugni and Grasso give us the most comprehensive, comparative study of protest participation produced to date. Drawing on surveys from some 15,000 individuals involved in 71 protests in seven countries, the authors paint a rich portrait of the similarities and differences in the characteristics and motivations of those who protest in different movements and in varying national contexts. A must read for all social movement scholars.' Doug McAdam, co-author of Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America
'This is a comprehensive study of the individual participants in street demonstrations. It provides an excellent account of who the 'street citizens' are, why they demonstrate and how they engage in politics. Drawing on a variety of research traditions from political science, sociology and social psychology, and based on a unique set of surveys of participants in demonstrations, the study not only confirms much of the received wisdom about protest politics, but also points to some subtle transformations - the 'pluralization' of the participants, the blending of economic and cultural issues in demonstrations, and the increasing overlap of conventional and contentious politics.' Hanspeter Kriesi, Stein Rokkan Chair of Comparative Politics at the European University Institute, Florence
'Using a rich database, which covers protesters marching on different issues, in several years, in various countries, Marco Giugni and Maria T. Grasso illuminate the paths of (contentious) participation by Europeans, the social bases for the protest, the interaction between protest and institutional politics, the micro-dynamics of mobilization, the emotional dimension of protests and demonstrators' motivations.' Donatella della Porta, Director of the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) and Dean of the Institute for Humanities, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
'In this unprecedented book, Giugni and Grasso give us the most comprehensive, comparative study of protest participation produced to date. Drawing on surveys from some 15,000 individuals involved in 71 protests in seven countries, the authors paint a rich portrait of the similarities and differences in the characteristics and motivations of those who protest in different movements and in varying national contexts. A must read for all social movement scholars.' Doug McAdam, co-author of Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America
'This is a comprehensive study of the individual participants in street demonstrations. It provides an excellent account of who the `street citizens' are, why they demonstrate and how they engage in politics. Drawing on a variety of research traditions from political science, sociology and social psychology, and based on a unique set of surveys of participants in demonstrations, the study not only confirms much of the received wisdom about protest politics, but also points to some subtle transformations - the `pluralization' of the participants, the blending of economic and cultural issues in demonstrations, and the increasing overlap of conventional and contentious politics.' Hanspeter Kriesi, Stein Rokkan Chair of Comparative Politics at the European University Institute, Florence

1. Protest Politics and Social Movement Activism in the Age of Globalization; 2. Contentious Europeans? 3. Bringing Capitalism Back In? 4. Protest and Institutional Politics; 5. Where They Pushed or Did The Jump? 6. Cognition and Affect Among Demonstrators; 7. Why Do People Want to Demonstrate? 8. Protest Politics and Social Movement Activism in Perspective.

ISBN: 9781108475907
ISBN-10: 1108475906
Series: Cambridge Studies in Contemtious Politcs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th April 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5

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