Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation › Academic
Contemporary social movements have been described as shifting from the logic of spatial organization to that of flows and networks. Yet, in spite of the shift, the crucial question of how to mobilize citizens for collective action remains. How are the different global flows – of people, capital, symbols, etc. – characterizing the new logic of social movements playing out in the mobilization for collective action and to what effect? To answer these questions, the presentation discusses the 2017 anti-corruption mobilization in Romania. The movement constitutes an example of a grassroots initiative, almost entirely reliant upon Facebook for organization and communication. The presentation outlines the various transnational dimensions permeating this movement and which include, among others, flows of symbols, cosmopolitan imaginaries, and relationships with diasporas, international organizations and supranational political institutions.