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Between the Spillover and the Spillout: Tracing the Evolution of the Czech Global Justice Movement



Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Czech Sociological Review
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords contentious politics; collective identity; social movement spillover; global justice movement; antiwar activism
Description This article conceptually and empirically focuses on various dimensions of the Czech Global Justice Movement (GJM) dynamics. In discussions on the Western GJM it is possible to distinguish two main perspectives on the movements evolution, which were formulated in different contexts. One view claims that no such single movement exists anymore; it has already declined (or spilled out into different field of activism). The other view argues that the movement is undergoing profound changes but its major principles and identity, at least latently, have survived. The aim of this article is twofold. First, it strives to re-introduce the concepts of spillover and spillout as multidimensional social processes and operationalise them to apply to the evolution of the Czech GJM between 2003 and 2009. Second, the article empirically traces the thematic shift of the Czech GJM towards antiwar activism and demonstrates that it is the movements collective identity that constitutes a key obstacle to its spillout in an unfavourable environment.
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