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The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture


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Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field contentious politics, this series publishes research in social movements, protest and strategies of resistance. This is an expansive area of study that includes research in sociology and political science, as well as from communications, geography, social psychology, and anthropology. The series welcomes proposals on a range of topics and theoretical perspectives, including movement strategies and organization, new communication technologies, protest in the global South, resistance in different state systems, cultural movements, identity politics, and more.

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Social Movements, Nonviolent Resistance, and the State

Social Movements, Nonviolent Resistance, and the State

1st Edition

Edited By Hank Johnston
January 28, 2019

This volume probes the intersections between the fields of social movements and nonviolent resistance. Bringing together a range of studies focusing on protest movements around the world, it explores the overlaps and divergences between the two research concentrations, considering the dimensions of...

Activating China Local Actors, Foreign Influence, and State Response

Activating China: Local Actors, Foreign Influence, and State Response

1st Edition

By Setsuko Matsuzawa
January 21, 2019

This book examines the effects of the transnational social and environmental advocacy of foreign NGOs in China. Based on three case studies, including China’s first participatory development project, its first successful case of transnational anti-dam activism, and its first national park project, ...

Radical Left Movements in Europe

Radical Left Movements in Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Magnus Wennerhag, Christian Fröhlich, Grzegorz Piotrowski
January 17, 2019

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 ...

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education: Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities

1st Edition

By Lorenzo Cini
December 11, 2018

Drawing on neo-institutionalist and social movement approaches, this book analyses the impact that recent student mobilizations have brought about within Italian and English universities in terms of student services, curriculum organization, and governance structures. Arguing that the university ...

Southern Resistance in Critical Perspective The Politics of Protest in South Africa's Contentious Democracy

Southern Resistance in Critical Perspective: The Politics of Protest in South Africa's Contentious Democracy

1st Edition

Edited By Marcel Paret, Carin Runciman, Luke Sinwell
October 18, 2018

From the Arab Uprising, to anti-austerity protests in Europe and the US Occupy Movement, to uprisings in Brazil and Turkey, resistance from below is flourishing. Whereas analysts have tended to look North in their analysis of the recent global protest wave, this volume develops a Southern ...

Economic Crisis and Mass Protest The Pots and Pans Revolution in Iceland

Economic Crisis and Mass Protest: The Pots and Pans Revolution in Iceland

1st Edition

By Jon Gunnar Bernburg
April 27, 2018

Although the triggering effect of economic crises on revolt is a classic sociological topic, crises have until recently mostly triggered large-scale collective action in developing countries. The antigovernment protests that occurred in several European countries in the aftermath of the global ...

Social Movements and Political Activism in Contemporary Japan Re-emerging from Invisibility

Social Movements and Political Activism in Contemporary Japan: Re-emerging from Invisibility

1st Edition

Edited By David Chiavacci, Julia Obinger
March 09, 2018

This book explores social movements and political activism in contemporary Japan, arguing that the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident marks a decisive moment, which has led to an unprecedented resurgence in social and protest movements and inaugurated a new era of civic engagement. Offering fresh ...

Beyond NGO-ization The Development of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe

Beyond NGO-ization: The Development of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Kerstin Jacobsson, Steven Saxonberg
November 17, 2016

The celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall provoked a debate on the outcomes of the transition process in the post-communist countries, including a debate on the functioning of civil society. This provided a good opportunity for researchers to collect new data and ...

Performing Political Opposition in Russia The Case of the Youth Group Oborona

Performing Political Opposition in Russia: The Case of the Youth Group Oborona

1st Edition

By Laura Lyytikainen
June 24, 2016

Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Moscow and St. Petersburg among the political opposition’s youth group Oborona (Defence), this ground-breaking work brings forward a multifaceted and colourful image of the life of political opposition activists in a restricted political environment. Existing ...

Violent Protest, Contentious Politics, and the Neoliberal State

Violent Protest, Contentious Politics, and the Neoliberal State

1st Edition

By Seraphim Seferiades, Hank Johnston
September 06, 2016

This volume of cutting-edge research comparatively analyzes violent protest and rioting, furthering our understanding of this increasingly prevalent form of claim making. Hank Johnston and Seraphim Seferiades bring together internationally recognized experts in the field of protest studies and ...

The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe Past, Present and Future

The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe: Past, Present and Future

1st Edition

By Abby Peterson, Herbert Reiter
June 06, 2016

Eric Hobsbawm claimed that the international May Day, which dates back to a proclamation in 1889 by the Second International, 'is perhaps the most ambitious of labour rituals'. The first international May Day demonstrations in 1890 were widely celebrated across Europe and became the one day each ...

Austerity and Protest Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis

Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisis

1st Edition

By Marco Giugni, Maria T. Grasso
February 09, 2016

What is the relationship between economic crises and protest behaviour? Does the experience of austerity, or economic hardship more broadly defined, create a greater potential for protest? With protest movements and events such as the Indignados and the Occupy Movement receiving a great deal of ...

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