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Rethinking Transnational Activism through Regional Perspectives: Reflections, Literatures and Cases

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Patricia Oliart, Charlotte Alston



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Copyright © The Author(s), 2024. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal Historical Society. This collectively authored article argues for a regional turn in the historical study of transnational activism. By considering not only pan-regional movements but also examples of borderland contexts, transregional connections and diasporic understandings of 'region', our discussion identifies fresh possibilities for investigating the evolution and functioning of transnational activism. Based on a Royal Historical Society-funded workshop held at and supported by Northumbria University, the article brings together insights from diverse locations and arenas of contestation. The first part considers literatures on three macro-regional settings - South Asia, Western Europe and Latin America - to illustrate the importance of distinctive regional contexts and constructs in shaping transnational activism and its goals. The second part turns to case studies of transnational activism in and beyond Eastern Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and East Asia. In doing so, it explores very different notions of the regional to identify how transnational activism has both shaped and been shaped by these ideas. Taken together, the two parts highlight the role of regional identities and projects in challenging inequalities and external domination. Our analysis and examples indicate the possibilities of a regionally rooted approach for writing histories of transnational activism.

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Author(s): Davies T, Laqua D, Framke M, Richard A-I, Oliart P, Skinner K, Requejo De Lamo P, Kramm R, Alston C, Hurst M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transactions of the Royal Historical Society

Year: 2024

Pages: Epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 08/01/2024

Acceptance date: 17/11/2023

Date deposited: 28/02/2024

ISSN (print): 0080-4401

ISSN (electronic): 1474-0648

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0080440123000294


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