This article introduces a special issue of Contention Journal addressing various contemporary mobilizations of civil society in response to the war in Syria and the migration of refugees into Europe. With contributions from Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany, the cases represent a breadth of multidisciplinary approaches and a variety of stylistic standpoints, from statistical media analysis to troubled personal reflections of engaged activist academics. The subject matter ranges from political mobilization against authoritarianism and austerity, transnational philanthropy, the emergence of local grassroots voluntary aid to right-wing populist nationalism. Though diverse, a coherent narrative is seen to converge around the refugee crisis as it unfolds in Europe; one of radical polarization within civil societies and starkly conflicting imaginaries of social futures that claim to preclude the legitimacy of other possibilities. At the same time alliances are being generated beyond borders in an attempt to bolster ideological capacity, authority, and force. This is not a clash of civilizations but the rubber band ball of transnational tension, a strained, chaotic and overlapping global contestation. At stake is the understanding of what a civil society should be.
The Rubber Band Ball of Transnational Tensions
Keith Hart, Florence Weber, Nathan Schlanger, Gavin Flood, and Mike Gane
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Religions, Histories, and Comparisons
Simon Coleman, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Sondra L. Hausner
commentary on Peel’s paper. The first contribution to our articles section, by Jon Bialecki, offers variations on some of the themes raised by J. D. Y. Peel’s piece on iconoclasm and his work more generally. These include nationalism, uses of the past in the
Namibian Veteran Politics and African Citizenship Claims
citizenship. I will argue Namibian ex-combatant and veteran politics exemplify a particular kind of exclusionary nationalism that is comparable with autochthonous and ethnonationalist politics of citizenship that tend to operate through “cultural” designators
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Mette Louise Berg
social sciences, grounded as they are in “methodological nationalism” ( Wimmer and Glick-Schiller 2003 ) and a “sedentarist bias” ( Malkki 1995 ). Migration and Society will act as a space to host and foster inter-, cross-, and trans
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structures within the social networks of the café and “legitimate” commercial operations. Keywords : Algerian nationalism, clandestine networks, Paris, policing Muriel Cohen , Les circulations entre France et Algérie: un nouveau regard sur les migrants (post
Identities in Transformation after World War I
empire were enjoined to respect their residents’ linguistic identities as a critical element in ensuring that Europe would have a peaceful future. Maggy Hary’s comparison of representations of Irish and Zionist nationalism in British political discourse
The Digital Age Opens Up New Terrains for Peace and Conflict Research
Josepha Ivanka Wessels
YouTube videos uploaded by Rhodesian nationalists or actors that identify with Rhodesian nationalism. This digital audiovisual archive found on YouTube and synthesized by the author depicts Rhodesian identity as a story of masculine heroism, keeping alive
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others might follow. She finds that France’s standing has declined in many (though by no means all) areas, and she asks what prospects the current moment—Emmanuel Macron’s electoral victory in the face of Europe’s resurgent nationalism—might hold for a