Title
Transnational collective identification : May Day and climate change protesters' identification with similar protest events in other countries Transnational collective identification : May Day and climate change protesters' identification with similar protest events in other countries
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
San Diego, Calif. ,
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Source (journal)
Mobilization. - San Diego, Calif., 1996, currens
Mobilization. - San Diego, Calif., 1996, currens
Volume/pages
17(2012) :3 , p. 301-317
ISSN
1086-671X
ISI
000309895300006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Why do some people participating in transnational protest events identify with their foreign counterparts while others participating in the same events do not? We find that participants in a series of May Day and climate change events are aware that the events are part of a broader struggle, and many in fact identifiy with their overseas counterparts. However, there are differences between demonstrations. Some are populated with people who identify, transnationally, while others are comprised of participants who more closely identify with their national companions. Focusing on differences in transnational identification at the participant level, our findings can be summarized in two statements: (1) protest participation is a stronger producer of transnational identification than associational activism; (2) expressive protesters identifiy more transnationally than instrumentally motivated protesters.
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