This article examines collective action and the alliances between social movement organizations engaged in the work of solidarity with disabled people within and across borders during austerity. Building upon social movement theory, specifically political oppor- tunities and resource mobilisation, we focus our analysis on data from in-depth interviews with thirty-five organizations at the UK and European levels, where we examine both how solidarity is operationalized by such organizations and the everyday coopera- tion and alliances they build with others in a UK policy context that has been hostile to disabled people and a European context which disabled people’s solidarity organizations have sought to seize as political opportunities. Our study therefore adopts a multi-level approach by analysing the building of alliances between organiza- tions at the local, national and transnational levels and it reveals the impact of the political context and organisational pressures which can diminish resources and generate competition, thus placing strains on solidarity between disabled people.

“Nothing about us without us”: Organizing disabled people’s solidarity within and beyond borders in a polarised age / Montgomery, Thomas; Baglioni, Simone. - In: SOCIAL MOVEMENT STUDIES. - ISSN 1474-2837. - (2020). [10.1080/14742837.2020.1770069]

“Nothing about us without us”: Organizing disabled people’s solidarity within and beyond borders in a polarised age

Baglioni, Simone
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2020-01-01

Abstract

This article examines collective action and the alliances between social movement organizations engaged in the work of solidarity with disabled people within and across borders during austerity. Building upon social movement theory, specifically political oppor- tunities and resource mobilisation, we focus our analysis on data from in-depth interviews with thirty-five organizations at the UK and European levels, where we examine both how solidarity is operationalized by such organizations and the everyday coopera- tion and alliances they build with others in a UK policy context that has been hostile to disabled people and a European context which disabled people’s solidarity organizations have sought to seize as political opportunities. Our study therefore adopts a multi-level approach by analysing the building of alliances between organiza- tions at the local, national and transnational levels and it reveals the impact of the political context and organisational pressures which can diminish resources and generate competition, thus placing strains on solidarity between disabled people.
2020
“Nothing about us without us”: Organizing disabled people’s solidarity within and beyond borders in a polarised age / Montgomery, Thomas; Baglioni, Simone. - In: SOCIAL MOVEMENT STUDIES. - ISSN 1474-2837. - (2020). [10.1080/14742837.2020.1770069]
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