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After a Cycle of Contention: Post-Gothenburg Strategies of Left-Libertarian Activists in Sweden
Göteborgs universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2179-4981
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
2015 (English)In: Social Movement Studies, ISSN 1474-2837, E-ISSN 1474-2829, Vol. 14, no 6, 713-732 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article considers the strategic choices that radical activists face when a cycle of contention ends. It investigates the re-orientation of the autonomous anarchists or left-libertarian activist milieu in Sweden after the riots at the Gothenburg summit in 2001, which ended a cycle of anti-globalization protests in Sweden. The article identifies five strategies by which this activist milieu attempted to reconstruct collective agency, build a new alliance structure and renew the repertoire of contention: 1) rescaling and targeting of micro-politics; 2) moving from secluded to open communities; 3) rethinking collective agency with the help of a new movement theory; 4) reversing dominant discourses and opening up discursive space; and 5) redefining militancy and shelving of violent confrontation. The study builds on activist interviews and ethnographic research in Stockholm and Malmö.

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2015. Vol. 14, no 6, 713-732 p.
Keyword [en]
Autonomous, activists, cycle of contention, left-libertarian, militancy, Tarrow
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26780DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2015.1027763ISI: 000367015900005OAI: diva2:799973
Från apati till aktivism: Medborgerliga identiteter och reaktioner på det politiska
Swedish Research Council, 421-2007-8782
Available from: 2015-04-01 Created: 2015-04-01 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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