New and Alternative Social Movements in Spain: The Left, Identity and Globalizing Processes

1st Edition

John Karamichas

Routledge
Published June 26, 2014
Reference - 156 Pages
ISBN 9781138791848 - CAT# Y168816
Series: South European Society and Politics

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Summary

This collection offers a diachronic analytical study of new and alternative social movements in Spain from the democratic transition to the first decade of the 21st century, paying attention to anti-war mobilizations and the use of new technologies as a mobilizing resource. New and alternative social movements are studied through the prism of identified linkages among the left, movement identities and global processes in the Spanish context. Weight is given to certain important historical aspects, like Spain’s relatively recent authoritarian past, and certain value-added factors, such as the weak associationalism and materialism exhibited by the Spanish public. These are complemented by exploring insights offered by key theoretical approaches on social movements (political opportunities structures, resource mobilization). The volume covers established social movement cases (gender, peace, environmental movements) as well as those with a more explicit connection to the current context of global contestation (squatters’ and anti-globalization movements).

This book was published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics.

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