International protests against global capitalism have focused scholars' attention on the highly visible activities of transnational activists and advocates; but the tough, incremental, and deeply embedded work of grassroots social movements has too often been sublimated under the slogan: "Think globally; act locally!" Are transnational activists isolated from domestic social movements, extensions of domestic contention, or bridges between the local and the global? Three problems in particular will be examined: First, the difficulty of establishing durable transnational coalitions; Second, the problem of bridging the gap between movement protesters and NGO advocates; and, third, that of escaping movement structuration by national cleavages, alignments, and opportunities.
The Dualities of Transnational Contention: "Two Activist Solitudes" or A New World Altogether?
Sidney Tarrow; The Dualities of Transnational Contention: "Two Activist Solitudes" or A New World Altogether?. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 February 2005; 10 (1): 53–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/maiq.10.1.c52868218x473202
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