The Self and the Group - Identity-making among political activists in northeast Italy

University essay from Lunds universitet/Socialantropologi

Abstract: This thesis focuses on representation modes among Italian political activists, engaged in multiple fights against globalization and neo-capitalism, by illustrating how participants in the Italian no-global movement build their identity. Through a number of interviews and participant observation, which build the empirical ground of this study, the activist and the group are juxtaposed, their role in the urban setting clarified and their political activism illustrated. The individual identity is reshaped by the collective one, and the latter in turn becomes a reaction against the kind of representation the activists face from outside the group. The aim of this research is to go beyond stereotypical representations and general assumptions that are brought forward both by the social centers and by non-activists, in order to reveal all sides of each point of view.

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