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Social Movements, Memory and Media

Narrative in Action in the Italian and Spanish Student Movements


Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction, Background and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lorenzo Zamponi
      Pages 3-11
    3. Lorenzo Zamponi
      Pages 13-35
  3. Memory in Discourse: Representations of the 1960s and 1970s in the Media Forum

  4. Memory in Action: Mnemonic Practices, Collective Identities and Strategic Choices in Contemporary Student Movements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Lorenzo Zamponi
      Pages 179-199
    3. Lorenzo Zamponi
      Pages 245-290
    4. Lorenzo Zamponi
      Pages 291-318
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 319-339

About this book


Cultural factors shape the symbolic environment in which contentious politics take place. Among these factors, collective memories are particularly relevant: they can help collective action by providing symbolic material from the past, but at the same time they can constrain people's ability to mobilise by imposing proscriptions and prescriptions.

This book analyses the relationship between social movements and collective memories: how do social movements participate in the building of public memory? And how does public memory, and in particular the media’s representation of a contentious past, influence strategic choices in contemporary movements? To answer these questions the book draws its focus on the evolution of the representation of specific events in the Italian and Spanish student movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Furthermore, through qualitative interviews to contemporary student activists in both countries, it investigates the role of past waves of contention in shaping the present through the publicly discussed image of the past.


social movements collective memory public memory activism student movements terrorism social contention implicit memory media representations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Scuola Normale SuperioreFirenzeItaly

About the authors

Lorenzo Zamponi is a Research Fellow in sociology and political science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in the Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali (Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences) in Italy, where he is part of the COSMOS (Centre on Social Movement Studies) research team. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. His research interests include memory, contentious politics and media analysis.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Movements, Memory and Media
  • Book Subtitle Narrative in Action in the Italian and Spanish Student Movements
  • Authors Lorenzo Zamponi
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-68550-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09839-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-68551-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 339
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Sociology
    Memory Studies
    European Politics
    Media Sociology
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“While a quite popular topic in cultural history, memory has been  rarely addressed from social movement studies. With its careful conceptualization and rich empirical analysis of mnemonic practices around transformative protest events in mass media and among movement activists, Lorenzo Zamponi’s work gives a fundamental contribution to the bridging of memory studies and studies on contentious politics.” (Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore)

“A truly innovative study of the role historical memory plays in social movements. This richly empirical comparative study is path-breaking in its conceptualization and design.” (Ron Eyerman, Yale University)