New migrant activism: frame alignment and future protest participation

Georgios Karyotis, Dimitris Skleparis, Stratos Patrikios

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Abstract

New migrant movements increasingly rely on unconventional forms of protest, which they strategically frame in rational terms, not 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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Early online date19 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • new migrant activism
  • frame alignment
  • future
  • protest participation
  • Greece
  • hunger strike
  • protest activity

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