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Broad civil contentions like the Arab spring, mobilizations of protest like the Solidarity movement before the collapse of the Soviet Empire, new anti-austerity protest movements as the ones created by the current economic crisis in the United States and in Southern Europe escalate the expectations about future civic engagement. This type of uprising under rather exceptional circumstances demonstrates the remarkable potential for broad civil mobilization in the face of oppression and social injustice, or highlights moments in history when actors that conceive and materialize new social claims or create new definitions of the social reality are created. Meanwhile, the exceptional circumstances last for short periods of time while images of encompassing civil society activism observed under such occasions last for long time periods and to some degree limit the understanding of developments in civil society organizations under ―normal‖ circumstances.
The rationale of this project is to study civil society organizations in three institutional contexts and unveil one, unnoticed, less spectacular, but rather uniform process of rationalization that creates new organizational boundaries of exclusion within civil society: organizations with no members. The aim of the project is to study the trend towards the creation of memberless organizations and of new boundaries of exclusion in civil society organizations in three countries, Russia, Poland and Sweden and elucidate the social mechanisms that account for this type of transformation within civil society. This project is indented to function as a strategic effort to strengthen existing research at Södertörn University with particular emphasis on the developments in civil society in particular and the organization of society and social change in general.



Project Manager

Apostolis Papakostas
School of Social Sciences

People linked to the project

Dominika Polanska
Researcher, PhD
School of Social Sciences

Lisa Kings
Senior Lecturer, PhD
School of Social Sciences

Zhanna Kravchenko
Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences

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Project start: 2015
Project end: 2018

Financier: Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe: Yes

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