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Social Movements and the Multilateral Arena

Della Porta, Donatella and Diani, Mario and Smith, Jackie (2015) Social Movements and the Multilateral Arena. In: The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9780199678402

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Most social movement research privileges the state as the main, if not the sole arena where social movement contestation takes place. By drawing from work in political sociology, international relations, and political economy of the world system, scholars can improve understandings of the ways political conflicts are embedded in extra-local contexts. This essay clarifies some assumptions embedded in state-centric approaches and explores ideas at the borders of social movement scholarship and related fields about how the world beyond states impacts conflicts on local, national, and global scales. Having engaged the interstate arena in unprecedented ways during the 1990s, many activist groups saw more clearly this system’s limited capacities for responding to deepening global crises. The early twenty-first century thus saw a growth in transnational social movement activity outside the interstate arena. This encourages us to re-think relationships between social movements and not just the state, but also the interstate system itself.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Della Porta, Donatella
Diani, Mario
Smith, Jackiejgsmith@pitt.eduJGSMITH0000-0002-4808-0391
Date: November 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199678402.013.25
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780199678402
Title of Book: The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements
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Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2016 14:55
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 14:55


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