Within many societies across the world, new social and political movements have sprung up that either challenge formal parliamentary structures of democracy and participation, or work within them and, in the process, fundamentally alter the ideological content of democratic potentials. At the same time, some parliamentary political parties have attracted a new type of ‘populist’ political rhetoric and support base.
This collection, along with its accompanying volume 2, examines the emergence of, and the connections between, these new types of left-wing democracy and participation. Through an array of examples from different countries, it explains why left-wing activism arises in new and innovative spaces in society and how this joins up with conventional left-wing politics, including parliamentary politics. It demonstrates how these new forms of politics can resonate with the real life experiences of ordinary people and thereby win support for left-wing agendas.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction - Joseph Ibrahim
Section 1. Communities of Resistance
2. The Making and Framing of Solidarity campaigning on asylum rights: a radical Left Social Movement in Sheffield - John Grayson
3. Community organising and Citizens UK: Can tangible social change be achieved through institution-based apolitical politics? - Louise Folkes
4. What has the left done to leftist organisations? The Impact of using Digital Media on Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists - Noha Atef
Section 2. Political Spaces of the Left
5. Historicizing the Gezi Rebellion in Turkey: Tracing Revolutionary Ideas in Action - Bora Erdagi
6. Urban activism and touristification in Southern Europe: Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon - Jorge Sequera and Jordi Nofre
7. Changes and continuity in the Left in Chile (1990-2017): Between the streets and institutions. - César Guzmán-Concha and Carlos Durán Migliardi
Section 3: Hegemony, the State and Extra-Parliamentary Politics
8. Instituting Momentum - Maia Kirby
9. The Workers’ Party in Brazil: The achievements, challenges and tragedies of a left wing party in the global south - Rogério G. Giugliano and Jacques de Novion
10. Science, Hegemony and Action: On the Elements of Governmentality - Werner Bonefeld
Dr John Roberts is Divisional Lead, Sociology and Communications, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Brunel University, UK
Dr Joseph Ibrahim, is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, UK.