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New migrant activism: Frame alignment and future protest participation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dimitris SkleparisORCiD



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New migrant movements increasingly rely on unconventional forms of protest, which they strategically frame in rational terms, rather than as ‘acts of desperation’ that dominate public representations. This article demonstrates this empirically through a prototypical case of new migrant activism, employing discourse analysis to explore the collective framing of a hunger strike involving irregular migrants in Greece, which was, however, contested by other protest users. Drawing on rare and pertinent data collected through face-to-face interviews with hunger strikers, we find that the strategic or rationalist framing of the hunger strike, promoted by its leaders, was largely shared with individual protesters at the basis of the mobilisation, contrary to the publicly proliferated affective frames. Using quantitative methods, we show, for the first time, that the degree of frame alignment is not only important for the legitimacy of a movement but is also a significant predictor of future remobilisation in radical types of protest activity.

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Author(s): Karyotis G, Skleparis D, Patrikios S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Year: 2022

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

Pages: 381-400

Print publication date: 01/05/2022

Online publication date: 19/08/2021

Acceptance date: 07/07/2021

Date deposited: 26/07/2021

ISSN (print): 1369-1481

ISSN (electronic): 1467-856X

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/13691481211037988


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Carnegie Trust, Small Research Grant, 2012-13