This article analyses continuities and discontinuities across time in Italy in the use of direct so-cial actions, defined as forms of action that focus upon directly transforming some specific aspects of soci-ety by means of the very action itself, instead of claiming something from the state or other power holders. In doing this, this article offers two main illustrative hypotheses. First, that direct social actions represent a significant part of the repertoire of contention - at least in Italy - and that while they tend to be less visible than protest actions, they should still not be overlooked and treated like something “new” every time they resurface. Second, this article claims that the socio-economic context plays an im-portant role in influencing the extended use of DSAs: if the supply of these forms of action by politi-cal actors is constant across time, what changes is the demand, that in times of economic hardship tends to characterise a broader constituency. We conclude by suggesting empirical methods to verify the hy-potheses proposed, paving the way for future research on this topic.

Direct social actions and economic crisis : the relationship between forms of action and socio-economic con-text in Italy

BOSI, Lorenzo
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ZAMPONI, LORENZO
2015

Abstract

This article analyses continuities and discontinuities across time in Italy in the use of direct so-cial actions, defined as forms of action that focus upon directly transforming some specific aspects of soci-ety by means of the very action itself, instead of claiming something from the state or other power holders. In doing this, this article offers two main illustrative hypotheses. First, that direct social actions represent a significant part of the repertoire of contention - at least in Italy - and that while they tend to be less visible than protest actions, they should still not be overlooked and treated like something “new” every time they resurface. Second, this article claims that the socio-economic context plays an im-portant role in influencing the extended use of DSAs: if the supply of these forms of action by politi-cal actors is constant across time, what changes is the demand, that in times of economic hardship tends to characterise a broader constituency. We conclude by suggesting empirical methods to verify the hy-potheses proposed, paving the way for future research on this topic.
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale
Settore SPS/08 - Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi
Settore SPS/11 - Sociologia dei Fenomeni Politici
direct social action, resilience, repertoires of contention, anti-austerity protest, economic cri-ses, Italy
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