Blurring the borders between old and new social movements: the M15 movement and the radical unions in Spain

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Series Details Vol.22, No.2, June 2017, p218-237
Publication Date June 2017
ISSN 1362-9395
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This article analyses the relationships between the M15 movement and radical labour organizations in Spain. Based on semi-structured interviews and document analysis, it concludes that to the extent that the economic crisis has evolved, the relations between the M15 and the trade unions have moved from mistrust to convergence. This is especially evident in the case of radical trade unionism with which the M15 shares several features.

Although the M15 had been studied as an example of a ‘new social movement’, recent changes suggested certain shifts in relation to the type of activated subject and to the motivating factors for collective action. One of the consequences of this was the closeness to the institutions of the workers’ movement, which blurred the borders between old and new social movements.

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