Rowman and Littlefield International

Becoming a Movement

Identity, Narrative and Memory in the European Global Justice Movement

By Priska Daphi

Part of the series Radical Subjects in International Politics

Publication Date: Aug 2017

Pages 192

Hardback 9781786603791
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Social movement scholars have become increasingly interested in the role of stories in contentious politics. Stories may facilitate the mobilization of protestors or strengthen the resonance of movement claims within public discourse and institutional politics. This book examines the role of narratives in building collective identity – a vital element in activists’ continued commitment. While often claimed important, the connection between narratives and movement identity has received little attention in empirical research so far. The book analyses and compares the role of narratives in building collective identity in the Global Justice Movement (GJM), a movement known for its diversity of groups and political perspectives. The book compares three national constellations of the Global Justice Movement in Europe (Italy, Germany, and Poland) drawing on a rich pool of original data.
List of Abbreviations/ List of Figures and Tables/ Introduction: Narrating the Global Justice Movement in Europe/ 1. Movement Identity, Narrative and Memory/ 2. Differences in Narrating the GJM/ 3. The Shared GJM Narrative/ 4. The GJM Narrative and Movement Identity/ Conclusion: Narrative Identity and Movement Continuity/ Acknowledgments/ Appendix A: Interviews and Focus Groups with GJM Activists/ Appendix B: Selection of GJM Documents/ Bibliography/ Cited GJM Documents
Priska Daphi is Research Associate at the Institute for Political Science at Goethe University, Frankfurt.