The making of a global movement: cycles of protest and scales of action

Montagna, Nicola (2010) The making of a global movement: cycles of protest and scales of action. Sociological Review, 58 (4). pp. 638-655. ISSN 0038-0261

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This article shall address some of the issues concerning the trans-nationalisation of collective action by focusing on the White Overalls and the Disobedients and their participation in three transnational cycles of protest that took place at different geographical scales - local, macro-regional, and global - between the second half of the 1990s and the early 2000s. The first part briefly discusses some historical transnational precursors to global collective action and will argue that the GJM was a global and original actor with reference to three dimensions of contentious action: the organisational dimension, framing processes and campaigns. The second part focuses on the origins and identity of the White Overalls, while the third describes their analysis of globalization and looks at how the scale of action has shifted. The analysis of these three cycles of protest shows that the global shift has not superseded other scales of action, but rather has interwoven with them as a consequence of the political cleavages offered by the international context. It is also argued the space for action is only partially global and the global mobility of social movement activists is stratified. Finally it is shown how both opponents, institutions and movements, have dynamically contributed to the transformation of the external political environment.

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