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Genocide Studies International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Géographie et cultures     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ghana Journal of Development Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Global Journal of Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Graduate Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Grief Matters : The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Hallazgos     Open Access  
Harmoni Sosial : Jurnal Pendidikan IPS     Open Access  
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Herencia     Open Access  
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Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Huria : Journal of the Open University of Tanzania     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Hydra : Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Iberoforum. Revista de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Iberoamericana     Open Access  
Iconos. Revista de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
IdeAs. Idées d'Amérique     Open Access  
Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
IDS Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Illness, Crisis & Loss     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Im@go. A Journal of the Social Imaginary     Open Access  
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Infrastructure Complexity     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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Interações : Cultura e Comunidade     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Communication of Chinese Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Development Planning Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal for Transformative Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
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International Journal of Business and Social Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d’études canadiennes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Conflict and Violence     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Cultural Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Iberian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Language and Culture     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Management and Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Management, Economics and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Qualitative Methods     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Social and Allied Research     Full-text available via subscription  
International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Social Research Methodology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61)
International Journal of Social Science Research     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Social Science Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Review of Qualitative Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 42)
International Review of Social Research     Open Access  
International Scholarly Research Notices     Open Access   (Followers: 172)
International Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Internationale Revue Fur Soziale Sicherheit     Hybrid Journal  
InterSciencePlace     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Investigación y Desarrollo     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Investigaciones Geográficas (Esp)     Open Access  
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Is ve Insan Dergisi     Open Access  
Issues in Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
İstanbul Gelişim Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Ius et Praxis     Open Access  
Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Advanced Academic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Agriculture and Social Research (JASR)     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Journal of Applied Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Cognition and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Comparative Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Contemporary African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Critical Race inquiry     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Development Effectiveness     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Educational Social Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Family Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Globalization and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Human Security     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Humanity     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies: JIGS     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Korean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Language and Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Markets & Morality     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Methods and Measurement in the Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Migration and Refugee Issues, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Journal of Organisational Transformation & Social Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Pan African Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 182)
Journal of Policy Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Progressive Research in Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Research in National Development     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Responsible Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Social Change     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Social Development in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice     Open Access  
Journal of Social Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Social Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Social Science Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Social Studies Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Studies in Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Technology in Human Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of the Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers     Open Access  
Journal of the Polynesian Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of the University of Ruhuna     Open Access  
Journal of Transnational American Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Trust Management     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Kaleidoscope     Open Access  
Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Knowledge Management for Development Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Korean Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Kotuitui : New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online     Open Access  
KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
L'Homme Europäische Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
L'Ordinaire des Amériques     Open Access  
Labyrinthe     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Les Cahiers des dix     Full-text available via subscription  
Les Cahiers d’EMAM     Open Access  
Letras Verdes. Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales     Open Access  
Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science     Open Access  
Lilith: A Feminist History Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Liminar. Estudios Sociales y Humanisticos     Open Access  
Literacy Learning: The Middle Years     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Local-Global: Identity, Security, Community     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure     Hybrid Journal  
Lucero     Open Access  
Lúdicamente     Open Access  
Lutas Sociais     Open Access  
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription  
Macedon Digest, The     Full-text available via subscription  
Maine Policy Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mathématiques et sciences humaines     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
McNair Scholars Research Journal     Open Access  
McNair Scholars Research Journal     Open Access  
Meanjin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Meanjin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Meanjin Papers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Media Information Australia     Full-text available via subscription  
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Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Melbourne Journal of Politics     Full-text available via subscription  
Mémoire(s), identité(s), marginalité(s) dans le monde occidental contemporain     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Memorias     Open Access  
methaodos.revista de ciencias sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
México y la Cuenca del Pacífico     Open Access  
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
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Mitologicas     Open Access  
Monthly, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
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National Academy Science Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
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New Left Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
New Zealand International Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society     Hybrid Journal  
Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Noesis. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access  
Nómadas     Open Access  
Nómadas. Revista Crítica de Ciencias Sociales y Jurídicas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Northeast African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Oceania     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
OGIRISI : a New Journal of African Studies     Open Access  
Öneri Dergisi     Open Access  
Opcion     Open Access  
Open Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Orbis. Revista Cientifica Ciencias Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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Journal Cover International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
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  • Depoliticised activism? Ambivalence and pragmatism at the COP16
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose This paper interrogates forms of activist organisation at the UNFCCC COP16 in Cancún and reveals their attempts to create alternatives to a seemingly ‘depoliticised’ response to climate change. The article argues that existing attempts to challenge depoliticisation face problems in the form of governmental opposition, limitations on forms of organising, and internal conflicts between activists. Design/methodology/approach This paper utilises ‘scholar-activist’ engagement with actors at alternative ‘popular’ spaces established outside the COP16 in Cancún, Mexico. It draws upon extensive participant observation and in-depth interviews with 20 English-speaking activists. Findings Common among activists was a concern to try and model alternative forms of social relations, to the depoliticised and hierarchical forms found in the formal COP, via forms of anarchist-influenced ‘prefigurative’ practice. In spite, or perhaps because, of perceived challenges to attempts to organise their political praxis along non-hierarchical lines, many people were ambivalent about the scope of their action, revealing highly reflexive accounts of the limitations of these whilst simultaneously remaining pragmatic in trying to make the most of their involvement. Originality/value The article helps us to better understand the potential to politicise climate change. Understanding the challenges faced by activists is important for trying to organise more effective political responses to climate injustice. It is suggested that we must understand activists’ responses to these challenges and limitations in terms of the pragmatism in response that allows them to continue to invest in activism in the face of unsuccessful actions.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0143
       
  • Social movements in crisis? From the 15-M movement to the electoral
           shift in Spain
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose Social left wing political contestation and activism in Spain have undergone great changes over the past four years. Firstly, there has been a shift from the 15-M movement that took over public plazas with its ambiguous claims basically related to radical democracy and rejection of institutional politics, to a new focus on social problems generated by the crisis, highlighting issues such as housing and cutbacks in social rights. Secondly, there has been a shift towards institutional politics in 2014. How should this recent whirlwind evolution in political contestation to status quo be understood? What is the relation between the changing material conditions of the population and the extremely shifting shape of left-wing militancy in Spain? Design/methodology/approach The arguments put forward here are based on the authors’ involvement in social movements in the city of Seville between 2011 and the current time. They have been complemented with in-depth interviews of social activists who have taken part in the movement’s: 15-M assemblies, the housing movement, general strikes and, in more recent times, electoral initiatives (Podemos and Ganemos). The interviews were done between 2012 and 2014. The fieldwork has been complemented with an exploration of documentary sources: the manifests and writings of the various organizations that are being addressed. Findings In the transition from 15-M assemblies to the recent shift in electoral initiatives, social protest have turned from direct democracy demands and the rejection of institutionalized politics to a progressively pragmatic and short-term position where institutions are targeted. This paper argues that the generalized impoverishment of the population, increased numbers of evictions and consistently high unemployment rates have broaden the social framework for the action of social movements. The political and ideological crisis, rooted in the majority of the population’s crumbling expectations of social progress has enabled the array of possibilities to be opened up to emancipatory politics. Originality/value It is argued that massive deprivation provoked by the economic crisis has been a fundamental factor in the movements’ new orientation, what as a consequence, and until certain extent, throws the New Social Movements (NSMs) discourses into crisis itself, at least with regard to its post-materialistic nature and its opposition to institutions of the State.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:27:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-09-2015-0101
       
  • Environmental self-organized activism: emotion, organization and
           collective identity in Mexico
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose The aim of the paper is to offer an analysis of Mexican self-organized grassroots environmental groups’ activism. Design/methodology/approach Based on fieldwork in the State of Jalisco (Mexico), where we have carried out in-depth interviews with members of four self-organized collectives which are defending their territories, and following the sociological framework on emotions and protest. Findings We will show: how and where activism begins; the role of the emotions in various steps of mobilization (growth and decline) and in the construction of collective identity; as well as the role of emotions in the organizational and strategical choices. Originality/value Our proposal aims to highlight the organizational forms of activism of self-organized grassroots environmental groups in Mexico through a sociological lens in which the emotional dimension of the protest matters to a great extent.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:27:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0128
       
  • Hybrid activist collectives: reframing mothers’ environmental and
           caring labour.
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose The article uses a case study of an online parenting forum to theorise how mothers’ everyday environmental and caring labour is a form of environmental and social activism in the home, that while not organised as such, is still collectivised in a ‘hybrid activist collective’. Design/methodology/approach Using ethnographic data and content analysis from an online parenting forum for the nappy-free infant hygiene practice known as ‘elimination communication’, the author compares the matters of key concern arising for this group of mothers with economic activist concerns as identified by Gibson-Graham, Cameron and Healy (2013) in their community economies work. Findings The article finds a high degree of resonance between the key concerns of the elimination communication forum members with the key concerns of community economies. Furthermore, the author identifies the components of what might comprise a ‘hybrid activist collective’ of mothers and others undertaking direct action for environmental and social change. Originality/value The article proposes the ‘hybrid activist collective’ as a way of understanding the human and non-human elements that gather together to act for environmental and social change in a collectivised, but not formally organised, manner.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:27:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0150
       
  • Articulations in Berlin’s independent art scene: on new collective
           actors in the art field
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose The paper investigates the formation of two artist-led collective actors, Koalition der Freien Szene (KFS) and Haben und Brauchen (H&B), and their differing strategies of political critique towards Berlin’s cultural policy-making complex. The papers seeks to contribute to the lack of empirical case studies on Berlin's cultural governance and cultural policy stakeholders by creating a self-designed framework for analysis of artist-led organizations' formulation of political claims and how their articulations find entrance into policy-making. Design/methodology/approach The paper's theoretical framework is situated at the intersection between new social movement studies, post-positivist policy analysis and discursive institutionalism. Methodologically, the paper is based on qualitative interviews with members of KFS, H&B and relevant cultural stakeholders from Berlin's contemporary arts scene. Findings The paper identifies five differentiating axes of political critique through self-designed framework. These include (I) political or constitution-like program, (II) personnel infrastructures determining decision-making, (III) approach to cultural administration, (IV) strategic agenda and (V) activity in a collective action framing scheme. Furthermore, the paper illustrates the (trans)formative potentialities for Berlin’s future cultural policy due to complementarity of discursivity and operative action, of pragmatism and utopian thinking. Practical implications The practical implications of the paper provide guidance for cultural policymakers to better systematize modes of participatory policy-making. Originality/value This paper gives an overview of current developments and shifts in Berlin's cultural field through the emergence of new collective actors by providing unique stakeholder-centered perspective(s). Furthermore, through an empirically grounded, self-designed analytical framework, a systematic analysis of articulatory and communicative strategies and the practices of new cultural policy stakeholders is provided.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:27:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0129
       
  • Organizing without organizations: on informal social activism in Poland
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose The aim of this paper is to examine motivations of social activists in informal initiatives and to understand why they opt for this more spontaneous and self-organized activism while openly defying the hitherto established way of founding non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Design/methodology/approach On the basis of a case study of Poland, which had one of the most vibrant civil societies in the then socialist region, it is argued that the characteristics ascribed to the functioning of civil society after the toppling of socialism are not reflected in its more recent state. A broader definition of civil society and social activism is suggested to include new types of informal activism, which tend to be over-looked and under-studied. The analysis is built on qualitative and quantitative data gathered in 2014-2015. Findings The argument put forward is that un-institutionalized engagement is qualitatively different from its formal and institutionalized counterpart. The recent growth of informal activism is indicative of a rebirth of communitarian engagement in Polish civil society and a reaction to the underside of its institutionalization. Originality/value In spite of the seminal role played by societal self-organization in the overturning of the socialist system in Eastern European countries, the development of civil society in the region after 1989 has been repeatedly described as passive and characterized by distrustful or individualist attitudes. However, these civil societies have been changing since, and these more recent developments have been neglected by scholars.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:26:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0120
       
  • Introduction: protest and activism with(out) organisation
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.

      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:26:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2016-0092
       
  • Mobilising and organising in precarious times: analysing contemporary
           collective action in South Africa
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose The article argues that the field of social movement studies has been dominated by a movement organisation-centric approach. This organisational bias has constrained the analysis of collective action, especially in the Global South. The purpose of this paper is to contribute towards a reconceptualization of social movements which links them not to organisations but understanding social movements as a praxis linked to the material experiences of everyday life. Furthermore, the article uses this expanded definition of social movements to revisit debates about mobilising and organising through reference to the contemporary South African context. Design/methodology/approach The empirical findings of the article are based on ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative research on collective action in South Africa that has been carried out by the author since 2009. Findings The article presents three case studies of collective action which demonstrate the variability, strengths and weaknesses of different forms organising and mobilising in contemporary South Africa. Originality/value The article contributes to re-conceptualising social movements in a way in which the concept is better able to travel across the Global North and South as heuristic device. Furthermore, the article situates debates about the strengths of mobilising with and without organisations within the South African context.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:26:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0138
       
  • Action with(out) activism: understanding digital climate change action
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 9/10, September 2016.
      Purpose A recent mainstream intervention in Australia involved the creation of a climate change communication institution, the Climate Council, from crowdfunding and support in social media. Such digital action invites further examination of supporters’ motivations. This article analyses the reported intentions and interests of the Climate Council’s supporters to gain a better understanding of mainstream climate change action in digital spaces. Design/methodology/approach This article reports on a survey that was undertaken by the Climate Council with their Founding Friends that sought to understand their motivations for supporting the institution. The survey received over 10,000 responses. From four selected questions, the paper considers all of the quantitative responses while a random sample of 100 responses was taken from the qualitative data. Findings The data shows that most Climate Council supporters were motivated to maintain an institution that communicates the impacts of climate change while a minority desired more political engagement by the institution. The results capture an example of action with limited conscious activism. Originality/value Digital spaces fundamentally need the interconnections between people in order to function, in a similar way to physical spaces. Nonetheless, the power of online action, in all its contradictory forms, should not be overlooked in considering the range of possibilities available to those interested in effecting meaningful social change. Even mainstream interventions, as presented in this article, that seem to disavow climate change activism on the whole, can nevertheless produce institutional changes that defy national governance shifts.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-19T11:26:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0136
       
  • Editorial: the third sector and the global economic recession
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.

      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-05-2016-0061
       
  • The sustainability and political agency of social cooperatives in Italy
           during the Great Recession
    • First page: 435
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This manuscript investigates the extent to which social cooperatives in Italy followed and managed to preserve their core values and principles while withstanding multiple pressures during the great recession. Attention is paid to two key issues. First, the concept of political agency is used to understand whether social cooperatives have been sensitive and committed to their role as key political players in the sustainable development of the community in which they operate. A further issue addressed is the impact of the the post-2008 crisis on the quality of work and employment in social cooperatives. Design/methodology/approach This paper adopts a mixed-method social research approach. It integrates quantitative analysis of administrative data on business life cycle drawn from the Italian business registers with empirical evidence collected via in-depth interviews and focus groups on a sample of managers of social cooperatives and representatives of social cooperative associations and consortia. Findings Findings suggest that the great recession and welfare state retrenchment have worsened the quality of work and employment. Nonetheless, evidence produced through qualitative research also shows that social cooperatives have proved to be well suited to displaying political agency and acting as a key political player at local level. Research limitations/implications Results of field research are not generalizable. Originality/value Comparatively higher resilience of cooperatives, which is very much attributable to their specific rationale and mission, may come at a cost. The literature has largely missed investigating this cost, which can also be measured in terms of consistency with core values. Indeed, the sustainability of cooperatives relates to economic indicators, such as employment and economic performance, but also to the social, cultural and political dimension of the enterprise. In this regard, this article investigates the extent to which, during the post-2008 crisis, cooperative enterprises managed to preserve the quality of work and employment and play a political role in the welfare system.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0005
       
  • Global perspectives on volunteerism: analysing the role of the state,
           society and social capital
    • First page: 456
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The paper aims to examine the concept of volunteerism in three different case countries namely that of USA, UK and China while highlighting the role of the state, society and social capital. Design/methodology/approach The paper reviews the extant literature on the volunteering traditionsin the chosen case study countries highlighting the idiosyncrasies while analysing implications for future research. Findings The paper highlights the role of the state, society and social capital in the chosen countries, each deriving its origins from the specific traditions in those countries. Research limitations/implications This paper provides a conceptual review focusing on the key literature in the field. The authors have examined various academic texts and published materials. Practical implications This article provided an update critically discussion on the concept of volunteerism in three different case countries. Originality/value The paper makes an original contribution by comparing and contrasting three important countries with different histories and traditions of volunteerism highlighting diversity of type and application.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:43Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0125
       
  • School-NGO interaction: case studies of Israel and Germany
    • First page: 469
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This study examines the interaction between schools and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Israeli and German education systems from the perspective of the stakeholders involved: school principals, the NGOs’ leadership, and regulatory authorities in each country. Design/methodology/approach The study documents the process by which the interactions between schools and NGOs emerge, the motivations of each of the involved stakeholders, how stakeholders perceive the interaction and the power relations between the involved stakeholders. The study was conducted using the qualitative ‘grounded theory’ methodology, which we applied to develop a concept that is anchored in data collected through the research and systematically analyzed. Findings Using case studies, we examine how the relationships between the formal education system and the external entity are formed, reveal the motivations and strategies of the stakeholders involved in the interaction, and investigate the partnerships’ development process in the two different educational systems studied. Findings from the study leading to the conclusion that school-NGO interaction is based on entrepreneurial activities on the part of the school principals and the NGOs, which is gradually becoming institutionalized. Originality/value Through this study, we have developed a new empirical based theory on the interaction between schools and NGOs as entrepreneurial activity.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0123
       
  • Women’s participations in economic and NGO activities in Bangladesh: an
           empirical study on the Bangladesh Demography and Health Survey (BDHS)
    • First page: 491
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This study examines key factors affecting the economic involvement of women in Bangladesh and women’s involvement with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in that country. Design/methodology/approach The study uses nationally representative data set. Quantitative analysis was utilised to explore data contained in the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Surveys 2007 and 2011. Findings The findings indicate that age, marital status, number of children living in the household, place of residence, geographical location, education, partner’s education and the wealth index are important factors in enabling women’s involvement in economic activities. In other words, the key findings emerged from the study are firstly, the low level of women’s economic activities in Bangladesh with a majority involved in farming, agriculture and poultry; secondly, those women involved in the labour market generally tended to come from poor backgrounds, have very little education, live in the Northwest geographical region and have a large family living in the same house; and finally, age, currently married, having a higher number of children, living in rural areas, from the Northwest region with almost no education and belonging to the poor wealth index quintile are found to be associated more with NGO activities in Bangladesh. Originality/value The research paper is original in terms of conceptual framework, research design and statistical analysis.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-09-2015-0097
       
  • Fighting cultural marginalisation with symbolic power in a Parisian
           
    • First page: 516
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose There exists a significant literature detailing the role of voluntary associations as important actors in mitigating forms of marginalisation under austerity. However, neglected in this literature is the role that such voluntary associations can play in forming and deploying ‘symbolic power’ to fight post-colonial, cultural forms of marginalisation. This is important, especially given conditions where material forms of fighting marginalisation are limited by austerity. Design/methodology/approach This paper employs a case study analysis, drawing on data collected during fieldwork and through archival research in France. This methodology allows for the investigation of the multitude of ways by which this association utilises post-colonial symbols to fight marginalisation. Findings This paper finds that under conditions of austerity, the case study of this association demonstrates three important themes of analysis. Firstly, the association, while not receiving funds outright from municipal authorities, actually is granted privileged access to municipal resources and is given significant personal support from local politicians. This support facilitates the second and third inter-related themes of analysis – namely the abilities to fight marginalisation using history and public culture. Originality/value This paper seeks to clarify this role of voluntary associations in the important field of ‘symbolic power’ (Bourdieu 1990) through the use of cultural and historical symbols from a colonial/post-colonial repertoire in France
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2015-0064
       
  • Social entrepreneurship in Portugal: intervention and management models in
           third sector
    • First page: 531
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This article provides a reflection about the usefulness of the concept of social entrepreneurship to Portuguese third sector organizations (TSOs) with the purpose of understanding the paths undertaken by the latter. Departing from a theoretical synthesis inspired by different approaches to social entrepreneurship, we offer an operative view of the concept in light of the problematic of social innovation and organizational innovation. Design/methodology/approach The empirical analysis focuses on the intervention models and management models of these organizations. It uses a sequential methodological approach that combines extensive and intensive analyses. Findings We have concluded that Portuguese TSOs show a fragile form of social entrepreneurship. This includes, among others, State dependency both in terms of models of financial management and the definition and regulation of activities, recipients and social intervention. This leads us to claim, even though cautiously, that management models influence intervention models. Originality/value The originality of this paper lies on the use of an analytic framework that offers an eclectic approach to social entrepreneurship. This approach goes beyond some hidden contradictions between Anglo-Saxon schools of thought, namely the earned income school of thought, and the school of social innovation, as well as the European perspective on social enterprises, and the Latin-American school of solidarity economy. These schools have been reconciled for the purposes of this analysis, which attempts to operationalize the notion of social entrepreneurship in the Portuguese TSOs
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0002
       
  • Working under pressure: economic recession and third sector development in
           Europe
    • First page: 547
      Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The context conditions for third sector organizations (TSOs) in Europe have significantly changed as a result of the global economic crisis, including decreasing levels of public funding and changing modes of relations with the state. The effect of economic recession, however, varies across Europe. This article aims to understand why this is the case. It analyses the impact of economic recession and related policy changes on third sector development in Europe. The economic effects on TSOs are thereby placed into a broader context of changing third sector policies and welfare state restructuring. Design/methodology/approach The article focuses on two research questions: (1) how has the changing policy environment affected the development of the third sector? And (2) what kind of strategies have TSOs adopted to respond to these changes? The article first investigates general trends in Europe, based on a conceptual model that focuses on economic recession and austerity policies with regard to the third sector. In a second step of analysis, the article provides five country case studies that exemplify policy changes and responses from the third sector in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. Findings The article argues that three different development paths can be identified across Europe. In some countries (France and Spain), TSOs face a strong effect of economic recession. In other countries (Germany and Poland) the development of the third sector remains largely stable, albeit at different levels, whereas in the Netherlands, TSOs rather experience changes in the policy environment than a direct impact of economic decline. The article also shows that response strategies of the third sector in Europe depend on the context conditions. The article is based on the European project “Third Sector Impact” (TSI). It combines an analysis of statistical information with qualitative data from interviews with third sector representatives Originality/value The article contributes to our understanding of the interrelation between economic recession, long-term policy changes and third sector development in Europe.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-06-03T09:18:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-01-2016-0010
       
  • Czech Civil Sector Face-to-Face with Freelance Activism
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this article is to answer following question: What is the relationship between member activism performed through civil society organizations and individualized freelance activism (in form of online activism, everyday making, political consumerism or checkbook activism) independent of organizational framework? Is it a relationship of mutual competition or support? Design/methodology/approach Analysis is carried out on data from 2009 questionnaire based survey on volunteering, representative for adult Czech population. The data set allowed us to relate member activism with freelance activism and in case of member activism distinguish the type of organization and the level of its professionalization. Findings Dominant pattern we identified in data is mutual support of both types of volunteering documented by significant overlap of these forms of public engagement. The most striking is the overlap for active members of new advocacy NGOs and the weakest for traditional clubs. Regression analysis shows that on an individual level "mixed activism" (compared with “pure freelance activism”) is linked with higher education and higher confidence in civic organizations. Originality/value The civil practice of individualized freelance activism was described and analyzed by various authors as an activity of specific types of activist, but there has not yet been any research giving reflection on such a large scale of freelance activism types as in our analysis. We set them together in contrast to the member (collective, organized) form of civic activism and also took into account the influence of professionalization and type of CSOs.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T07:36:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0142
       
  • Finding the Movement: The Geographies of Social Movement Scenes
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose A social movement scene is “a network of people who share a set of subcultural or countercultural beliefs, values, norms, and convictions as well as a network of physical spaces where members of that group are known to congregate” (Leach and Haunss 2009, p. 260, emphasis in the original). This article further develops theories of social movement scenes by examining the spatial dimensions of proximity, centrality, visibility, and accessibility, arguing that different scene configurations are shaped by gentrification processes. Design/methodology/approach This is an ethnographic study based on research conducted in Sweden over a five year period (2007-2012), including several summer research trips and a sustained fieldwork period of 14 months. Using snowball sampling, I conducted semi-structured interviews with 38 activists involved in autonomous movement scenes. I interviewed both men (n = 26) and women (n = 12) who ranged in age from 18 to 37, with most interviewees in their late 20s and early 30s. Findings Findings suggest that neighborhoods in the early stages of gentrification are most conducive to strong scenes. My findings suggest that, while some of these conditions are locally specific, there were common structural conditions in each city, such as changes in the commercial landscape and housing tenure. Originality/value This article contributes to the specificity of the concept of a social movement scene by presenting three spatial dimensions of scenes: centrality (relative to the Central Business District), concentration (clustering of scene places in one area of the city), and visibility (a visible presence communicated by signs and symbols). A second contribution of this article is to offer a set of hypotheses about the urban conditions under which social movement scenes thrive (or fizzle).
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T07:36:00Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0130
       
  • Start Your Own Revolution: Agency and Action of the Riot Grrrl Network
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose This paper examines the Riot Grrrl activist network in the United States and highlights historical anarchist actions of the Washington, D.C. chapter by examining the nexus of feminism and anarchism on a continuum of youth activism, and by paying attention to anti-war campaigns, food distribution programs, free clinics, and girl culture. Design/methodology/approach The paper historically contextualizes Riot Grrrl within the Situationist International literature and cultural resistance as well as Donna Harraway's work on cultural workers. Ethnographic work incorporates participant observation and semi-structured interviews as well as textual analysis of rare Riot Grrrl artifacts. Focus is given to the production of zines as mechanisms for communicating and deconstructing anarcho-grrrl culture. Findings This article charts the influence of Riot Grrrl with particular attention to anti-war demonstrations to contemporary activist projects that illustrate tenants of anarchism such as non-hierarchical leadership, direction action, cooperation, mutual aid, and volunteerism. Research limitations/implications This paper focuses on the Riot Grrrl network in the United States, with a focus on the Washington, D.C. chapter. Subsequent Riot Grrrl chapters emerged around the world and future research might attend to regional impact of these groups made in their communities. Originality/value The originality of the paper resides not only in it’s ethnographic approach to the essence of being a Riot Grrrl, but also includes the author’s own reflections of involvement in this girl centered activist collective. Further, I acknowledge Los Angeles performance artist Exene Cervanka, whose anti-war writing and activist work was influential to the Riot Grrrl movement. This essay examines actions to (re)organize, and to disrupt preferred meanings and interpretations of organization and protest so as to mobilize knowledge and to affect authentic social change. This paper commemorates the 25th anniversary of Riot Grrrl and the Mount Pleasant Riots.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T07:35:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-06-2016-0067
       
  • Consensus and Activism through Collective Exchanges: a focus on El
           Cambalache, Mexico
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose This paper explores how consensus decision-making serves as a foundation for organizing an alternative economy while the agency of the economic project itself organizes participants because it serves to distribute resources as people need them and foment a community of sharing based on the concept that as individuals we are lacking but as a community we have enough. The article asserts that as activists looking to foment change, alternative economic projects in themselves are actors in organizing community building and resistance to capitalism. Design/methodology/approach El Cambalache (The Swap in English), located in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico is an exchange-based money-less economy that trades unwanted items as well as knowledge, abilities and skills that one wants to share. The project receives anything; specifically used, broken and/or unwanted electronics as well as just about anything else that one might possess. In exchange people provide laptop maintenance classes, language exchange, land to be worked, rooms, gardening services, objects, stories, etc. The rules in this money-less non-capitalist economy organize participation through one exchange or many Findings Consensus decision-making is an effective method for engaging in non-hierarchical research projects. Originality/value This project contributes to research in heterodox economies by presenting an original project with a new suggestion for exchange value as an inclusive process of exchange among participants in the economy. It also provides evidence that consensus decision-making can be a useful and productive method for research.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T07:35:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0134
       
  • Organisation and formal activism: insights from the anarchist tradition
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose Contribution for the special number Protest and Activism With(out) Organisation Design/methodology/approach Elisée Reclus (1830-1905) wrote in 1851 that “anarchy is the highest expression of order”. This statement, clashing with the bourgeois commonplaces on anarchy as chaos, anticipated the theories, elaborated collectively by the anarchist geographers Reclus, Pëtr Kropotkin (1842-1921) and Léon Metchnikoff (1838-1888), on mutual aid and cooperation as the bases of a society more rationally organised than the State and capitalist one. If a (minority) part of the anarchist movement, in the following decades, assumed this sort of ‘natural order’ to argue that there was no necessity of a political organisation, many militants stated on the contrary the necessity of a formal anarchist (or anarcho-syndicalist) organisation to prepare the revolution and to put in practice the principle of an horizontal and federalist society starting from daily life. Findings My main argument is that the idea of a public and formalized anarchist organisation has been consistent with the claims of the anarchist geographers for the possibility of an ordered anarchist society and that it was a very geographical conception, as the spatial and territorial activity patterns of anarchist individuals, groups and federations was a central issue among anarchist organizers. Originality/value Drawing on present literature on geography and anarchism and on the multidisciplinary transnational turn of anarchist studies, I address through primary sources the contentions and openings of the organisational question in anarchism from Reclus, Kropotkin and Metchnikoff to the anarchist federations of present day, and its links with the issue of constructive anarchism and with the problem of violence.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T07:35:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-11-2015-0127
       
  • Convergence as Organization: Blockupy against the ECB
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose On 18 March 2015, the transnational anti-austerity Blockupy coalition protested the inauguration of the new European Central Bank premises in Frankfurt. This article analyzes this mass protest event by highlighting the organizational differences, possibilities, and conflicts that was involved. Design/methodology/approach The article is based on participant observation of the Blockupy event and interviews with a group of Danish activists who also participated. Findings The article constructs sociospatial narrative that unfolds through three different scales of organization: the Blockupy coalition, the participating formal and informal organizations, and the activist subject. This narrative explicates the mode of organization as a ‘convergence space’ (cf. Routledge, 2003), with different ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of organization (cf. Davies, 2012). Originality/value Thus, through an analysis of the modes of organization constituting this mass protest event, this article restates the relevance of the concept of organization, which have recently been ignored or understated in favour of master-narratives of networks or the dichotomy of horizontalism and verticality. It concludes by posing a set of questions for further discussion among both activists and sociologists.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T07:35:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0132
       
  • Special issue in Activism and Protest With(Out) Organisation
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.

      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T07:35:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2016-0102
       
  • Student Activists’ Affective Strategies during the 2010-2011 Siege of
           the University of Puerto Rico
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose On December 14, 2010, University of Puerto Rico (UPR) student activists initiated the second wave of their strike at a disadvantage. The presence of the police force inside the campus raised the stakes for the student movement. No longer did student activists have the “legal rights” or control of the university as a physical public space to hold their assemblies and coordinate their different events. As a result, student activists had to improvise and (re)construct their spaces of resistance by using emotional narratives, organizing nonviolent civil disobedience acts at public places, fomenting lobbying groups, disseminating online petitions, and developing alternative proposals to the compulsory fee. This second wave continued until March 2011, when it came to a halt after an incident that involved physical harassment to the Chancellor, Ana Guadalupe, during one of the student demonstrations. Design/methodology/approach Building on Ron Eyerman’s (2005:53) analysis on “the role of emotions in social movements with the aid of performance theory,” I center this paper on examining student activists’ tactics and strategies in the development and maintenance of their emotional narratives and Internet activism. By adapting Joshua Atkinson’s (2010) concept of resistance performance, I argue that student activists’ resistance performances assisted them in (re)framing their collective identities by (re)constructing spaces of resistance and contention while immersed in violent confrontations with the police. Findings Ever since the establishment of the university as an institution, student activism has played a key role in shaping the political policies and history of many countries; “today, student actions continue to have direct effects on educational institutions and on national and international politics” (Edelman, 2001: 3). Consequently, and especially in times of economic and political crisis, student activism has occupied and constructed spaces of resistance and contention to protest and reveal the existing repressions of neoliberal governments serving as a (re)emergence of an international social movement to guarantee the accessibility to a public higher education of excellence. Thus, it is important to remember that the 2010-2011 UPR student activism’s success should not be measured by the sum of demands granted, but rather by the sense of community achieved and the establishment of social networks that have continued to create resistance and change in the island. Originality/value As of yet there is no thorough published analysis of the 2010-2011 UPR student strike, its implications, and how the university community currently perceives it. By elaborating on the concept of resistance performance, my study illustrates how both traditional and alternative media (re)presentations of student activism can develop, maintain, adjust, or change the students’ collective identity(ies). My work not only makes Puerto Rico visible in the research concerning social movements, student activism, and Internet activism; in addition, it provides resistance performance as a concept to describe various degrees of participation in current social movements.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0149
       
  • (Extra)Ordinary Activism: Veganism and the Shaping of Hemeratopias
    • Abstract: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 36, Issue 11/12, October 2016.
      Purpose Literature on social movements increasingly identifies everyday life as significant to understand political practices and activism. However, scholars have retained a major bias towards movement mobilisation and collective action, often relegating the everyday at the margins of social movements. While there have been notable exceptions, with studies of prefigurative activism and everyday practices of social change, they have usually focused on alternative community spaces such as autonomous social centres and protest camps, and paid less attention to ‘ordinary’ practices and spaces of activism. This paper seeks to address these problems by suggesting that everyday life may be central to the production of activist spaces and the action of social movements. Design/methodology/approach Drawing upon ethnography methods, interviews with vegan activists, an on-line survey of supporters of vegan movements and an examination of on-line vegan forums, it seeks to analyse the practices of the vegan movement in France. Findings This paper attempts to demonstrate that prefigurative activism and seemingly banal practices may be central to strategies for social change. Drawing on an anarchist perspective on activism, it further suggests that activism and everyday life should not be studied in isolation from each other but as mutually constitutive in the creation of everyday alternative spaces – hemeratopias. Originality/value This paper adds to the literature on activism and social movements by offering a more complex picture of the spatial politics at work in social movements and a better understanding of individual action and mobilisation.
      Citation: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-12-2015-0137
       
 
 
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