Think globally, act locally ? Symbolic memory and global repertoires in the Tunisian uprising and the Greek anti-austerity mobilizations
Title: Think globally, act locally ? Symbolic memory and global repertoires in the Tunisian uprising and the Greek anti-austerity mobilizations
Citation: Cristina FLESHER FOMINAYA and Laurence COX (eds), Understanding European movements : new social movements, global justice struggles, anti-austerity protest, London : Routledge, 2013, Advances in Sociology series, pp.
This chapter presents a comparative examination of the Tunisian revolt which overthrew the regime of Ben Alì and the Greek anti-austerity Indignados movement. In both countries, movement members used social networking tools for member recruitment and mobilizing the population. They re-appropriated strategic places associated to each country's movement past. They re-shaped the meaning of nationally recognized symbols. Their discourse addressed local issues but was also framed as an attempt to challenge the hegemony of neo-liberalism, both at the national and the global level. We argue that they belong to a new generation of activists that has inherited the famous slogan “Think globally, act locally” - and is in the process of elaborating and implementing it.
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