This book focuses on small-scale mobilisation and everyday social movements that take the form of grassroots resistance and solidarity initiatives. Through a series of case studies drawn from the UK, Europe, India, and Latin America, it examines the dynamics and role of micro-acts of resistance, with attention to a range of themes including organisational issues, the construction of collective identity, strategies, tactics and participation, and media representations and public perception of small-scale social movements. As such, it will appeal to scholars and students of sociology, media and communication and politics with interests in social movements, political mobilisation and activism.
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Chapter 1: Introduction: Social movements and everyday acts of resistance: Solidarity in a changing world
Stamatis Poulakidakos, Anastasia Veneti, and Maria Rovisco
Chapter 2: Non-hierarchical and care-based forms of organization in the new wave of societies in movement
Chapter 3: Reflections on grassroots healthcare provisioning in Greece in times of crisis: Breaking with capitalocentric fantasy by prefiguring futures of solidarity
Konstantinos Roussos, Jimena Vazquez Garcia, and Savvas Voutyras
Chapter 4: Collaborating for change in critical times? Alter-political cooperativism in Thessaloniki, Greece
Theodoros Karyotis and Alexandros Kioupkiolis
Chapter 5: Everyday micro-resistances and horizons of radical solidarity, care and mutualism
George Kokkinidis and Marco Checchi
Chapter 6: "It’s not like it just happened that day": anti-racist solidarity in two Glasgow neighbourhoods
Teresa Piacentini, Smina Akhtar, Ashli Mullen, and Gareth Mulvey
Chapter 7: The small metal music store as a site of everyday decolonial resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean
Nelson Varas-Díaz and Daniel Nevárez Araújo
Chapter 8: Manifestation of protests in Instagram. Images as a potential site of resistance in the 2019 Delhi protests
Chapter 9: Communication Practices, New Media Technologies and Anarchist Movements: The Website of the Greek Anarchist Group Rouvikonas as a "one stop shop"
Stamatis Poulakidakos and Anastasia Veneti
Chapter 10: Seeds of Another world: Jinwar Women’s Commune in Rojava
Chapter 11: Resisting (everyday) racism on social media: Analysing responses to the 2018 Mary Beard Twitterstorm
Ceri Ashwell and Paul Reilly
"This edited collection is exceptional compared to what is usually published in the social movements’ scholarship, because it focuses on everyday micro-acts of offline and online resistance and solidarity initiatives rather than on mass mobilizations and protests".
Athina Karatzogianni, Professor in Media and Communication, University of Leicester, UK
"Far from the dazzling lights of global protests, a much-needed book that casts light on the myriads of practices of prefigurative politics that animate small-scale social movements across the world. Relying on a wide array of exciting case studies from both the Global North and the South, this volume reignites hope in the power of solidarity and social change in the face of uncertainty".
Dr Emiliano Treré, Reader in Data Agency and Media Ecologies, Cardiff University, UK. Author of "Hybrid Media Activism" (2019), winner of the Outstanding Book Award of the ICA Interest Group ‘Activism, Communication and Social Justice’
"This edited collection offers a fascinating account of everyday politics of resistance, of experiments in alternative ways of doing, working and living that receive less attention in the academic literature than spectacular protests and demonstrations. Bringing together case studies of solidarity clinics, workers’ cooperatives, metal music stores and social media activism from countries as diverse as Greece, Italy, Argentina, India, Latin America, Syria and the UK, this book shows the enduring impact of social movements when their alternative visions are applied in practice in their participants’ everyday lived experience."
Dr. Anastasia Kavada, Reader in Media and Politics, School of Media and Communication, University of Westminster