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Migrant Protest

Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper

204 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Migrant protest has proliferated worldwide in the last two decades, explicitly posing questions of identity, rights, and equality in a globalized world. Nonetheless, such mobilizations are often considered anomalies in social movement studies, and political sociology more broadly, due to "weak interests" and a particularly disadvantageous position of "outsiders" to claim rights connected to citizenship. In an attempt to address this seeming paradox, Migrant Protest: Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization. Such a perspective unveils both the odds of precarious mobilizations and the ways they can be temporarily overcome. While adopting the encompassing terminology of "migrant," this book focuses on precarious migrants, including both asylum seekers and "illegalized" migrants.
Author Bio
Elias Steinhilper is a political sociologist with a particular interest in migration, political conflict and protest. He obtained a PhD in political science and sociology from Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence and currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM) in Berlin.