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Street Citizens

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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

  • Publication planned for: December 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108469265

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  • What is 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 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.

    • Provides an evidence-based analysis of participants in street demonstrations across Europe based on a unique dataset
    • Examines variations in the features of street demonstrations that enables readers to go a step further in their research to understand who, why and how people demonstrate, compared to previous research
    • Each chapter builds on a specific research question, allowing them to be used selectively if required
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    Advance praise: 'Using a rich database, which covers protesters marching on different issues, in several years, in various countries, Marco Giugni and Maria 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

    Advance praise: '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 seventy-two 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

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108469265
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 22 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • Table of Contents

    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 they jump?
    6. Cognition and affect among demonstrators
    7. Why do people want to demonstrate?
    8. Protest politics and social movement activism in perspective.

  • Authors

    Marco Giugni, University of Geneva
    Marco Giugni is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Institute of Cititzenship Studies (InCite) at the University of Geneva. His research interests include social movements and collective action, immigration and ethnic relations, unemployment and social exclusion. He is European editor of Mobilization: An International Quarterly.

    Maria T. Grasso, University of Sheffield
    Maria T. Grasso is Professor at the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe (2016) and co-editor of Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis (2015). Her research focuses on political sociology and political engagement. She is European editor of Mobilization: An International Quarterly.

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