1st Edition

Reinventing Democracy
Grassroots Movements in Portugal

ISBN 9781138984905
Published February 4, 2019 by Routledge
302 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Radical democracy, recognition and redistribution: reinventing democracy and social emancipation in contemporary Portugal  2. Reinventing Democracy  3. 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 Portugal  5. The Territory as Space for Collective Action: Paradoxes and possibilities of the "strategic game of actors" in territorial planning in Portugal  6. 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 Coimbra  8. 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

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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).


'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