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Reinventing Democracy

Grassroots Movements in Portugal, 1st Edition

Edited by João Arriscado Nunes, Boaventura de Sousa Santos


302 pages

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The studies gathered in this volume focus on Portuguese society, from the creative social and political experimentation by citizen and popular movements during the revolution of 1974/75 to more recent episodes of alternative economic organisation, popular mobilization over the claim of local populations to self-government, local environmental conflicts, transformations in trade-unionism, transnational solidarity movements and citizen participation on territorial planning. They explicitly explore the relationships and tensions between difference and equality, citizenship and difference, state/society relationships and local identities and European integration as part of broader processes of globalisation and of the emergence of new experiences of active citizenship.

This volume was previously published as a special issue of the journal South European Society and Politics.


'A much-needed publication that deserves a place in the bibliography lists of the most advanced modular provisions dealing with the comparative study of European societies.'- John Karamichas,Queen’s University, Belfast

'There is little doubt that this edited volume will receive a warm welcome by students of Southern European societies, especially those having an interest in the development of social movements in relatively recently democratized countries and their interaction with global processes. The individual contributions are certainly very well put together and are written in a lively and thoroughly engaging style.'

Sociology Volume 41, Number 1, February 2007

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Radical democracy, recognition and redistribution: reinventing democracy and social emancipation in contemporary Portugal 2. Reinventing Democracy3. Citizen Local Action as a Way of Resistance Against the New Wave of Worldwide Colonisation: The case of the 'In Loco Association' in Southern Portugal 4. "Decent Housing for the People": Urban movements and emancipation in Portugal5. The Territory as Space for Collective Action: Paradoxes and possibilities of the "strategic game of actors" in territorial planning in Portugal6. A Town in Protest: Memory, populism and democracy 7. "Don't Treat Us Like Dirt!": The fight against the co-incineration of hazardous industrial waste in the outskirts of Coimbra8. Sexual Orientation in Portugal: Towards emancipation 9. Who Saved East Timor?: New references for international solidarity 10. Portuguese Trade-unionism vis-à-vis the European Works Councils 11. The Reinvention of Labor Unionism and the New Challenges of Emancipation: From local despotism to global mobilization

About the Editors

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics and Director of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He has published extensively in the sociology of law, political sociology, globalization and epistemology, based on his research in Portugal, Mozambique, Colombia, Brazil and Macao. His recent books include Toward a New Legal Common Sense (London, Butterworths, 2002) and, as editor, the seven volume series "A Reinvenção da Emancipação Social" (Rio de Janeiro, Record, 2002-2003).

João Arriscado Nunes is Associate Professor at the School of Economics and researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. He has published extensively in the fields of the social studies of science, political sociology, sociology of culture, globalization and social theory. He is the co-editor of Enteados de Galileu? A Semiperiferia no Sistema Mundial da Ciência (Porto, Edições Afrontamento, 2001).

About the Series

South European Society and Politics

The parallel regime transitions of the 1970s, when Southern Europe was the vanguard of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, the impact of EU membership and Europeanisation and more recently, the region’s central role in the eurozone crisis have all made Southern Europe a distinctive area of interest for social science scholars. The South European Society and Politics book series promotes new empirical research into the domestic politics and society of South European states. The series, open to a broad range of social science approaches, offers comparative thematic volumes covering the region as a whole and on occasion, innovative single-country studies. Its geographical scope includes both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Southern Europe, defined as Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security