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Cosmos Events

DATE: 15 October 2014. 13:30-15:00. Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Gender, Race and Sexuality Working Group. "Women Domestic Workers in Delhi: issues of Choice, Spatial Mobility and Housing"

In India, rapid economic growth and urbanization have led to a striking increase in the number of domestic workers, a majority of whom are women. To understand the phenomenon of domestic work, it is crucial to recognize that it has an inherently gendered dimension. Sonal Sharma draws upon the narratives of women domestic workers in the city of Delhi, about their notions of mobility and their perceptions of everyday spaces.

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DATE: 20 October 2014, 13:30. Seminar Room (first floor) Villa Pagliaiuola.

Cosmos Talks. "Contentious Politics"

Professor Sydney Tarrow presents his contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, edited by Donatella della Porta and Mario Diani. Over the past decade and more, students of social movements have begun to employ the concept of “contentious politics”. Coined by the late Charles Tilly in a series of works he began in the 1970s, the concept encompasses social movements but extends to a wider range of conflictual phenomena, including strike waves, civil wars, revolutions, and insurgencies.

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Recent Publications

Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis

Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni

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Which elements do the Arab Spring, the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street have in common? How do they differ? What do they share with social movements of the past? This book discusses the recent wave of global mobilisations from an unusual angle, explaining what aspects of protests spread from one country to another, how this happened, and why diffusion occurred in certain contexts but not in others.


Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research

Donatella della Porta

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With the growing interest in social movement studies there has been also an increasing need for methodological guidance for empirical research. This volume addresses this need by introducing the main methods of data collection and data analysis.

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Mobilizing for Democracy. Comparing 1989 and 2011

Donatella della Porta

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While the pictures used to illustrate the most recent wave of protests for democracy in North Africa represent mass protest, research on social movements and democratization have rarely interacted. This volume aims to fill this gap by looking at episodes of democratization through the lens of social movement studies.

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Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe  

Swen Hutter

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In this far-reaching work, Swen Hutter demonstrates the usefulness of studying both electoral politics and protest politics to better understand the impacts of globalization. Hutter integrates research on cleavage politics and populist parties in Western Europe with research on social movements, showing how major new cleavages restructured protest politics over a thirty-year period, from the 1970s through the 1990s.


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Latest News

War, States and Movements: Lessons for the New Century

War, States and Movements: Lessons for the New Century

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Prof. Tarrow will inaugurate the academic year at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence
Date:
14/10/2014
Cosmos Talks

Cosmos Talks

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Organized by Lorenzo Bosi, Donatella Della Porta and Alice Mattoni
Date:
20/09/2014
EUI Social Movement Working Group Relaunched

EUI Social Movement Working Group Relaunched

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EUI Social Movement Working Group 2014/15. First session: 8th October 2014
Date:
20/09/2014
A two years post-doctoral position on social movement studies at SNS Florence

A two years post-doctoral position on social movement studies at SNS Florence

Description
Deadline: 28th August 2014
Date:
24/07/2014

The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is part of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute.

It focuses on social movements as part of broader contentious politics. It promotes theoretically-driven empirical analyses on forms, dimensions, causes and impacts of social movements, in established democracies as well as authoritarian regimes.

Particular attention is given to social movements as promoters of democratization processes.