New migrant activism: frame alignment and future protest participation

Karyotis, G. , Skleparis, D. and Patrikios, S. (2022) New migrant activism: frame alignment and future protest participation. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 24(2), pp. 381-400. (doi: 10.1177/13691481211037988)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Carnegie Trust, Small Research Grant, 2012-13, PI: Karyotis.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karyotis, Professor Georgios and Skleparis, Dr Dimitris
Authors: Karyotis, G., Skleparis, D., and Patrikios, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1467-856X
Published Online:19 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in British Journal of Politics and International Relations 24(2): 381-400
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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