The Micro and Meso Levels of Activism A Comparative Case Study of Attac France and Germany

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-14
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The Attac organisations in France and Germany are among the largest, best coordinated and most closely aligned bodies of the anti-globalisation movement that exist today yet there are glaring differences in the manner in which the organisations operate and in how individual members identify and engage with the movement. Through insightful interviews with Attac activists in France and Germany, Daniel Stockemer seeks to understand the significant divergences between the organisations despite their clear ideological parallels as well as the geographical, social and political similarities that exist between the two countries. In doing so this book provides a strong addition to the literature on activist movements on the national and international stage generally through the author's derivation of engagement patterns for various types of activists and development of a typology of social movement organisations that undercover possible trends in membership. The result is a book that will provide an informative and engaging read for students and scholars of activist movements at both an organisational and individual level.

Author Biography

Daniel Stockemer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Daniel is interested in questions of political participation and representation. Among others, his work has appeared in European Union Politics, Electoral Studies and the International Political Science Review.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Social Movement Scholarship: What do We Know and What is Still Unclear
3. The Alter-Globalization Movement and Attac
4. The Methods and the Interview Sample
5. The Trajectory of Attac France
6. The Trajectory of Attac Germany
7. Why, When and how Much are People Involved?
8. Conclusion
Appendix 1: The Interview and Coding Scheme for this Study
The Interview Scheme
The Coding Scheme
Appendix 2: The Organizational Structure of Attac France
Appendix 3: The Organizational Structure of Attac Germany
Appendix 4: The Interviews

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