Resisting the backlash. street protest in Italy Books uri icon


  • della Porta, Donatella
  • Bertuzzi, Niccolò
  • Chironi, Daniela
  • Milan, Chiara
  • Zamponi, Lorenzo

place of publication

  • London



publication date

  • 2022


  • 9781032180519

series title / series number

  • The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture


  • Drawing interview material, together with extensive data from the authors" original social movement database, this book examines the development of social movements in resistance to perceived political "regression" and a growing right-wing backlash. With a focus on Italy and the reaction to increasing inequalities and welfare state retrenchment policies, it examines opposition to the government and state authorities on a number of issues. Triangulating different types of data, it sheds light on the ability of citizens to organise in the streets and addresses crucial matters in social movement research, including the significance to political mobilization of grievances, class, gender and generational differences, as well as considering the network dynamics of micro-mobilization, visions of Europe, and the role of interactions with major political institutions. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and politics with interests in social movements and political mobilization.


  • area studies; politics & international relations; social sciences