This book analyzes social movements across a range of countries in the non-Western world: Bosnia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Palestine, Russia, Syria, Turkey and Ukraine in the period 2008 to 2016. The individual case studies investigate how political and social goals are framed nationally and globally, and the types of mobilization strategies used to pursue them. The studies also assess how, in the age of transnationalism, the idea of participatory democracy produces new collective-action frames and mass-mobilization strategies.
The book challenges the view that most social movements unequivocally seek to achieve higher levels of democratization. Instead, the authors argue that protesters across different movements advocate more involved forms of citizen participation, since passive representation through liberal democratic institutions fails to address mass grievances and demands for accountability in many countries.
About the Author
Ekim Arbatli is an assistant professor of political science in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. She received her MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from University of Connecticut. Her current research focuses on regime transitions and political instability, with a specific focus on Russia and Turkey. She recently published her work in Communist & Postcommunist Studies and Conflict Management & Peace Science.
Dina Rosenberg is an assistant professor of political science in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. She earned her MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from Binghamton University. Her current research focuses on political institutions and comparative political economy, with a specific focus on innovations. She published her most recent work in Review of Policy Research.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Non-Western Social Movements and Participatory Democracy in the Age of Transnationalism.- The 'Colorless' Protests in Russia: Mixed Messages and an Uncertain Future.- Palestinian Youth Movements and 'the Arab Spring'.- Brazilian Protests: Actors and Demands for Political Change.- The Multitudes of the Invisibles and the Revitalization of the Indian Democratic Space.- Queering Gezi and Maidan: Instrumentalization and Negotiation of Sexuality Within the Protest Movement.- From Social Forums Period to June Resistance: Tension Between Mass Mobilization and Political Strategy in Turkey.- Citizen Plenums in Bosnia Protests: Creating a Post-Ethnic Identity.- The Rise and Demise of the Iranian Green Revolution: Collective Action Framing in Social Media.- Egyptian Women in the Arab Spring: Emotions, Political Participation, and the Internet.- Cyberspace Attacks and Social Media Momentum: Building Blocks from Syria to Ukraine.- Conclusion: The Changing Face of Social Movements and Emerging Patterns Across the Non-Western World.