This timely new book addresses the anti–austerity social movements of which these protests form part, mobilizing in the context of a crisis of neoliberalism. Donatella della Porta shows that, in order to understand their main facets in terms of social basis, strategy, and identity and organizational structures, we should look at the specific characteristics of the socioeconomic, cultural and political context in which they developed.
The result is an important and insightful contribution to understanding a key issue of our times, which will be of interest to students and scholars of political and economic sociology, political science and social movement studies, as well as political activists.
1 The Re–emergence of a Class Cleavage? Social Movements in Times of Austerity 1
2 Social Structure: Old Working Class, New Precariat, or Yet Something Different? 26
3 Identification Processes: Class and Culture 67
4 Lo Llaman Democracia Y No Lo Es: A Crisis of Political Responsibility 110
5 Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport: Changing Conceptions of Democracy in Social Movements 157
6 Bringing Capitalism Back into Protest Analysis? Some Concluding Remarks 211