VOICES OF THE VALLEY, VOICES OF THE STRAITS
How Protest Creates Communities
By Donatella Della Porta & Gianni Piazza
"The book is a welcome addition to the existing body of work on social and protest movements... [It] offers fresh and original insights into protest movements and its arguments are well made and convincing."
– Modern Italy
Hardback: 216 pages
Publisher: Berghahn Books (Fall 2008)
Prices: $35.00/ £17.50
ABOUT THE VOLUME.
Protest campaigns against large-scale public works usually take place within a local context. However, since the 1990s new forms of protest have been emerging. This book analyses two cases from Italy that illustrate this development: the environmentalist protest campaigns against the TAV (the building of a new high-speed railway in Val de Susa, close to the border with France), and the construction of the Bridge on the Messina Straits (between Calabria and Sicily).
Such mobilizations emerge from local conflicts but develop as part of a global justice movement, often resulting in the production of new identities. They are promoted through multiple networks of different social and political groups, that share common claims and adopt various forms of protest action. It is during the protest campaigns that a sense of community is created.
"The insights of this study make for an interesting book that leads us further into the understanding of contemporary conflicts."
– South European Society and Politics
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Chapter 1. Local Conflict between Interest and Identity: An Introduction
Chapter 2. Networks and Cross-fertilisation: The Resources of the Protest
Chapter 3. Protest and Identity: The Symbolic Construction of Conflict
Chapter 4. In Movement: The Repertoires of the Protest
Chapter 5: Voices of the Valley, Voices of the Straits: A Conclusion
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