284 pages | 6 B/W Illus.
When the Iron Curtain lifted in 1989, it was seen by some as proof of the final demise of the ideas and aspirations of the radical left. Not many years passed, however, before the critique of social inequalities and capitalism was once again a main protest theme of social movements. This book provides an account of radical left movements in today’s Europe and how they are trying to accomplish social and political change.
The book’s international group of leading experts provide detailed analysis on social movement organizations, activist groups, and networks that are rooted in the left-wing ideologies of anarchism, Marxism, socialism, and communism in both newly democratized post-communist and longstanding liberal-democratic polities. Through a range of case studies, the authors explore how radical left movements are influenced by their situated political and social contexts, and how contemporary radical left activism differs from both new and old social movements on one hand, and the activities of radical left parliamentary parties on the other. Ultimately, this volume investigates what it means to be ‘radical left’ in current day liberal-democratic and capitalist societies after the fall of European state socialism.
This is valuable reading for students and researchers interested in European politics, contemporary social movements and political sociology.
1. Radical Left Movements in Europe: An Introduction
2. Radical Left Parties and Movements: Allies, Associates or Antagonists?
3. Radical Left Parties and Left Movements in Northern Europe
4. Radical and Moderate Left Activism in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia (1989–2010)
5. Contentious Labour in Italy and Greece: Movements and Trade Unions in Times of Precarity and Austerity
Lorenzo Zamponi and Markos Vogiatzoglou
6. Left Without Its Party: Interest Organizations of Former GDR Elites and the Transformation of the PDS/Linke
7. "History Bites Us by the Neck" – Contemporary Communism(s) in Finland and France
8. Troubles With the (Troubled) Past: Anarchists in Poland After 1989
9. Rethinking Transformative Events to Understand the Making of New Contentious Performances: The "Autonomous Left" and the Anti-Fascist Blockade in Lund 1991
Andrés Brink Pinto and Johan Pries
10. The Radical Left Movement, Revolutionary Groups and Syriza: Framing Militant Dissidence During the Greek Crisis
11. Diffusion of Radical Repertoires Across Europe: The Arrival of Insurrectionary Anarchism to Finland
12. The Ukrainian New Left and Student Protests: A Thorny Way to Hegemony
13. Taking Every Opportunity Against the State: Anarchists in Contemporary Russia
14. Radical Anti-Fascism in Scandinavia: Shifting Frames in Relation to the Transformation of the Far Right
15. A Resurgence of the Radical Left? Some Notes
Donatella della Porta
Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field, this series publishes a broad range of research in social movements, protest and contentious politics. This is a growing field of social science research that spans sociology and political science as well as anthropology, geography, communications and social psychology. Enjoying a broad remit, the series welcomes books on the following topics: social movement networks; social movements in the global South; social movements, protest, and culture; personalist politics, such as living environmentalism, guerrilla gardens, anticonsumerist communities, and anarchist-punk collectives; and emergent repertoires of contention.