Panel “Linking Collective Identity and Agency” – ECPR Bremen Graduate Conference 2012



July 2012: Lorenzo Zamponi and myself will chair a panel on Social Movement Strategies. The panel will be part of ECPR 2012 Graduate Conference’s Section 16 (Political Sociology).

TITLE: Linking Collective Identity and Agency: Social Movements, Organizations and Strategic Choices.

ABSTRACT: Our panel will investigate the issue of strategic choices made by Social Movements and Social Movement Organizations. We shall focus on two broad categories of determinants,    a) Time, memory and learning in movements, b) Strategy as an intertwinement of Agency and Structure.

More specifically, with regard to category (a), we are looking for papers addressing: -Processes of evolution and learning in a cycle of protest; -The spillover effect and the legacies of mobilisations; -Mnemonic constructions and their use by social movements and SMOs; -Path-dependency in repertoire and organizational choices.

With regard to category (b): -Organizational aspects: Social movements as organizational/strategic action fields; -Movements’ decision-making when dealing with strong structural constraints (i.e. under repressive/authoritarian regimes); -Repertoires of actions: violence/nonviolence as a strategic choice; -Cultural and institutional contexts’ influence on movements’ strategy.

And in the crossroads between the two: – The influence of movement tradition: its diffusion in the national and cross-national level; -Events and eventful protests as movements’ strategy determinants.