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Social Movement Studies in Europe: The State of the Art

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Social Movement Studies in Europe

The State of the Art

Edited by Olivier Fillieule and Guya Accornero
Foreword by James Jasper

526 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-097-1 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (March 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-757-4 $39.95/£31.95 Pb Published (November 2017)

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“Fillieule and Accornero have edited a timely volume for breaking down national silos in social movement research… As a sociology of sociology, the major thrust of the work is that context is of paramount importance: many factors contributed to why social movement theory has largely been more robust in the US than in Europe. Nevertheless, the material here prepares scholars around the globe for detailed, comparative studies of movements… Highly recommended.” · Choice

“[This] volume [is] thoroughly recommended to everyone interested in the presence and history of social movements. An enormous amount of excellent scholarship is assembled here and no one will put this book down without having gained many fresh and productive insights into the development of social movements and their researchers.” · H-Net

“The volume demonstrates that we sorely need contributions by anthropologists and others committed to empirical but theoretically robust research.” · Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

“This volume is a significant enterprise that gathers 40 academics together, scholars internationally well-known in the field of social movement studies and new promising researchers…This book can be read by specialists and non-specialists, students, practitioners in the third sector, and any citizen at large who is interested in and concerned about the subject.” · Análise Social

“…anyone interested in the history and presence of social movements will greatly benefit from the volume…An enormous amount of excellent scholarship is assembled here and no one will put this book down without having gained many fresh and productive insights into the development of social movements and their researchers.” · H-Soz-Kult

“This volume fulfills an ambitious objective of covering the ‘state of the art,’ introducing readers to the range of theoretical frameworks and empirical approaches that scholars have deployed in studying European social movements. Taken as a whole, this is a valuable contribution to the domain of social movement studies.” · Lilian Mathieu, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon


Bringing together over forty established and emerging scholars, this landmark volume is the first to comprehensively examine the evolution and current practice of social movement studies in a specifically European context. While its first half offers comparative approaches to an array of significant issues and movements, its second half assembles focused national studies that include most major European states. Throughout, these contributions are guided by a shared set of historical and social-scientific questions with a particular emphasis on political sociology, thus offering a bold and uncommonly unified survey that will be essential for scholars and students of European social movements.

Olivier Fillieule is a professor of political sociology at Lausanne University’s Research Centre on Political Action (CRAPUL) and senior researcher at CNRS-CESSP, Paris 1-Sorbonne. Among his recent books is Demonstrations, coauthored with Danielle Tartakowsky.

Guya Accornero is a senior researcher fellow in political science at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, Lisbon University Institute (IUL) - with a grant of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, grant number FCT-IF/00223/2012) - and invited professor at the same University. She collaborates with the ‘Barometer of News’ of the IUL Journalism School. She has been visiting researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of the Juan March Foundation, Madrid; at the Lausanne University Research Centre on Political Action and at the CUNY-Graduate Centre, New York City. Her research interests include contentious politics, radicalization, political violence, repression, anti-austerity protest, housing and anti-gentrification movements. Besides several book-chapters, she has published articles in the journals West European Politics, Democratization, Cultures & Conflicts, Análise Social, Storia e Problemi Contemporanei, Historein, Estudos Ibero-Americanos, and Journal of Contemporary Religion. She is the author of the monograph The Revolution before the Revolution: Late Authoritarianism and Student Protest in Portugal (Berghahn), and co-editor of the book Percorsi. Scienze sociali tra Italia e Portogallo (BraDypUS).

Subject: Postwar History Sociology
Area: Europe


List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations

James M. Jasper

Introduction: “So Many as the Stars of the Sky in Multitude, and as the Sand which is By the Sea Shore Innumerable”: European Social Movement Research in Perspective
Olivier Fillieule and Guya Accornero


Chapter 1. The European Movements of ’68: Ambivalent theories, Ideological Memories and Exciting Puzzles       
Erik Neveu

Chapter 2. Mobilizing for Democracy: The 1989 Protests in Central  Eastern Europe
Donatella della Porta

Chapter 3. A Long Awaited Homecoming: The Labour Movement in Social Movement Studies
Karel Yon

Chapter 4. Beyond Party Politics: The Search for a Unified Approach. Research on Radical Right-wing Movements in Europe
Manuela Caiani and Rossella Borri

Chapter 5. Fields of Contentious Politics: Migration and Ethnic Relations
Manlio Cinalli

Chapter 6. Quiescent or Invisible?: Precarious and Unemployed Movements in Europe
Marco Giugni and Jasmine Lorenzini

Chapter 7. From Antiglobalisation to Global Justice Movement: The Waterloo’s European Battle
Isabelle Sommier

Chapter 8. Theoretical Perspectives on European Environmental Movements: Transnational and Techological Challenges in the Twenty-first Century
Maria Kousis

Chapter 9. From Grassroots to Institutions: Women’s Movements Studies in Europe    
Laure Bereni and Anne Revillard

Chapter 10. Social Movements Facing the Crisis
Héloïse Nez


Chapter 11. Social Movements Studies in Britain: ‘No Longer The Poor Relation?’
Brian Doherty, Graeme Hayes and Christopher Rootes

Chapter 12. Precarious Research in a Movement Society: Social Movement Studies in Germany
Sebastian Haunss

Chapter 13. Politics and People: Understanding Dutch Research on Social Movements
Jan Willem Duyvendak, Conny Roggeband and Jacquelien van Stekelenburg

Chapter 14. From Splendid Isolation To Joining the Concert of Nations: Social Movement Studies in France
Olivier Fillieule

Chapter 15. Internationalization with Limited Domestic Recognition: Research on Social Movements in Italy
Lorenzo Bosi and Lorenzo Mosca

Chapter 16. The Land of Opportunities?: Social Movement Studies in Switzerland
Philip Balsiger

Chapter 17. Studying Movements in a Movement-become-state: Research and Practice in Postcolonial Ireland    
Laurence Cox

Chapter 18. Successful Social Movement Outcomes without Social Movements?: Research on Swedish Social Movements and Swedish Social Movement Research
Abby Peterson

Chapter 19. Is Spain Still Different?: Social Movements Research in a Belated Western European Democracy
Eduardo Romanos and Susana Aguilar

Chapter 20. Revolutionary or Mild-mannered?: Social Movements and Social Movements Studies in Portugal
Guya Accornero

Chapter 21. From the Centre to the Periphery and Back to the Centre: Social Movements Affecting Social Movement Theory in the Case of Greece
Kostis Kornetis and Hara Kouki

Chapter 22. A Militant Rather than Scientific Research Object: Social Movements Studies in Turkey
Ay┼čen Uysal

Chapter 23. From Democratization to Internationalization: Studying Social Movements in Hungary    
Aron Buzogany

Chapter 24. Social Movements in Pre- and Post-December 1989 in Romania
Laura Nistor

Chapter 25. Social Mobilization and the Strong State from the Soviets to Putin: Social Movements in the Soviet Union and Russia    
Alfred Evans and Laura Henry

Conclusions: Social Movement Studies in Europe: Achievements, Gaps, and Challenges
Dieter Rucht


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