In movimento: 'contamination' in action and the Italian global justice movement
Title: In movimento: 'contamination' in action and the Italian global justice movement
Citation: Global networks, 2007, 7, 1, 1-28
In this article we explore the process of `contamination' (namely cross-fertilization) in the development of the Global Justice Movement in Italy during the 1990s. We focus on two specific organizational sectors of this movement: labour organizations and associations for solidarity with the global South. We concentrate on a stage of the protest cycle that has been overlooked in social movement studies, namely the emergence of mobilization after a period of latency, and shed light on the process through which individual and organizational networks actually facilitate mobilization and vice versa. The process of 'contamination' in action is presented as the combination of structural, cognitive and affective mechanisms. It operates through both individual and organizational networks that together facilitate logistic coordination, enable the emergence of tolerance and mutual trust and allow frame bridging and the transnationalization of identities.
Subject: Social mobilization; Justice; Social movements; Globalization; Social protest; Work organization
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