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Social Movements in the Balkans

Rebellion and Protest from Maribor to Taksim, 1st Edition

Edited by Florian Bieber, Dario Brentin


190 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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From Slovenia to Turkey, social movements and protests have shaken the political systems of Southeast Europe. Confronting issues such as austerity, the provision and privatisation of welfare, public utilities and public space, corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency, environmental concerns and authoritarian tendencies, these revolts have also served as conduits for broader social and political discontent. While they have contributed to the defeat of unpopular policies and practices and the fall of governments, perhaps their most significant impact has been in creating dynamic political and social actors and contributing to the realignment of the political space.

This volume sheds new light on the wave of protests and emerging social movements. Placing individual protests in a wider context, it highlights connections between different social movements and discusses parallels with similar movements from recent history. The contributors include both well-established scholars and up-and-coming researchers who engage with both activist and academic perspectives to identify the similar and varying dynamics of both the protests and the governments’ responses to them.

Building upon studies of social movements, the book will be of interest to scholars examining political dissent, protests and mechanisms of mobilisation in the region.


"Social Movements in the Balkans. Rebellion and Protest from Maribor to Taksim serves as a test case for existing theories and— perhaps most importantly—and as an encouragement to conceptualize a global phenomenon that Gal Kirn, in his chapter about ‘Maribor’s Social Uprising in the European Crisis’, terms ‘democratic irruptions’and ‘explosions’"

Christel Zunneberg (Oxford), Suedosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society 67/1 (2019).

Table of Contents

Introduction - Social Movements and Protests in Southeastern Europe. A New Tragedy of the Commons?

Florian Bieber and Dario Brentin

  1. Divided they Stand: The Dilemma of Non-Formal Political Activism in a Divided Society
  2. Heiko Wimmen

  3. Maribor’s Social Uprising in the European Crisis: from Anti-Politics of People to Politicisation of periphery’s surplus population?
  4. Gal Kirn

  5. Of ‘Stronger State’ and Counter-Democracy. The Street Protests in Bulgaria from 2012 and 2013 in the Accounts of Participants
  6. Valentina Gueorguieva

  7. The Space of Social Mobilizations in Greece
  8. Kostas Plevris

  9. At the Crossroads of Cultural and Ideological Exchange - Behind the Visual Communications of 2012/2013 Slovene Protests

    Ksenija Berk

  10. Social Media and 'Balkans' Spring
  11. Željka Lekić-Subašić

  12. Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees. From Single-Issue Protest to Resonant Mass-Movements in Greece, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina
  13. Chiara Milan and Leonidas Oikonomakis

  14. Mapping Protest Politics: The Roots and Patterns of Elite-Challenging Actions in Post-Communist Southeastern Europe
  15. Marius I. Tatar

  16. The International Context Of Mass Political Unrest in The Balkans – Conceptual Issues and Perspectives

Mark Kramer

About the Editors

Florian Bieber is a Professor of Southeast European History and Politics at the University of Graz, Austria and director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz and coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). He was previously Lecturer in East European Politics at the University of Kent, UK. He received his M.A. in Political Science and History and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Vienna, as well as an M.A. in Southeast European Studies from Central European University (Budapest).

Dario Brentin is a University Assistant at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz. He is also currently completing his PhD thesis at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London working on the topic of sport and national identity in post-Yugoslav Croatia. He obtained his Mag. Phil. in Political Science and Eastern European History at the University of Vienna. He has taught at University of Vienna and has since been a Visiting Lecturer at University of Copenhagen and University of Brighton.

About the Series

Southeast European Studies

Southeast European Studies

The Balkans are a region of Europe widely associated over the past decades with violence and war. Beyond this violence, the region has experienced rapid change in recent times though, including democratization, economic and social transformation. New scholarship is emerging which seeks to move away from the focus on violence alone to an understanding of the region in a broader context drawing on new empirical research.

The Southeast European Studies Series seeks to provide a forum for this new scholarship. Publishing cutting-edge, original research and contributing to a more profound understanding of Southeastern Europe while focusing on contemporary perspectives the series aims to explain the past and seeks to examine how it shapes the present. Focusing on original empirical research and innovative theoretical perspectives on the region the series includes original monographs and edited collections. It is interdisciplinary in scope, publishing high-level research in political science, history, anthropology, sociology, law and economics and accessible to readers interested in Southeast Europe and beyond.

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