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Protest, Culture & Society

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Europeanizing Contention

The Protest Against 'Fortress Europe' in France and Germany

Pierre Monforte

264 pages, 6 illus., 13 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-996-1 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Published (April 2014)

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Conceptually strong, methodologically plausible, well engaged with the literature, very well written, and with conclusions limited to the evidence.”  ·  Justin Greenwood, Robert Gordon University

This book addresses a timely and under-researched topic…The empirical parts of the book present a large body of new information on social movement organizations in the two countries in a detailed and convincing manner.”  ·  Barbara Laubenthal, University of Konstanz


What are the consequences of European integration on social movements? Who are the “winners” and the “losers” of Europe’s organized civil society? This book explores the Europeanization of contention through an in-depth, comparative analysis of French and German pro-asylum movements since the end of the 1990s. Through an examination of their networks, discourses, and collective actions, it shows that the groups composing these movements display different degrees and forms of Europeanization, reflected in different fields of protest. More generally, it shows the multiple strategies implemented by activists to Europeanize their scope of mobilization and by doing so participate in the construction of a European public sphere.

Pierre Monforte is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal. His research explores the dynamics of protest for migrants’ rights in France, Germany, Canada and the UK.

Subject: Refugee & Migration Studies Sociology
Area: Europe


List of tables and figures

Introduction: The europeanization of social movements and immigration and asylum policies

Chapter 1. The evolution of the French and German pro-asylum movements since the beginning of the 1990s
Chapter 2. The components of the French and German pro-asylum movements in comparative perspective
Chapter 3. The europeanization of the pro-asylum movements: evidences from the networks, frames, and collective actions
Chapter 4. The different modes of europeanization of the pro-asylum movements
Chapter 5. The europeanization of social movements: a process of inclusion into, and exclusion from, a particular field


  • The europeanization of social movements and the emergence of a European public sphere
  • Pro-asylum movements and the European Union: three conclusions

List of interviews

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