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About Cristina Flesher Fominaya

Cristina Flesher Fominaya (PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley) is Reader in Social Politics and Media at Loughborough University, UK and was Senior Marie Curie Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth from 2013-2015. She is a founding editor of the global social movements journal Interface and an editor of the journal Social Movement Studies. She is also founder of the Council for European Studies Social Movement Research Network. Her  book “Social Movements and Globalization: How Protests, Occupations and Uprisings are Changing the World" is available from Palgrave Macmillan, and her latest book is Resisting Austerity: Collective Action in Europe in the wake of the global financial crisis (Routledge 2018). Her Twitter: @CfFominaya

Articles by Cristina Flesher Fominaya

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Histórica moción de censura en España: Adiós a Rajoy

Más allá de consideraciones electorales, muchos de los que lucharon tan duramente para ver este día se sintieron reconfortados al poder expulsar al PP del poder. English

Spain’s historic motion of no-confidence: how can we understand the ousting of seemingly indestructible Mariano Rajoy, in just 72 hours?

Electoral considerations aside, for now, many of those who fought so hard for this day to come will take comfort from being able to oust the PP from power. Español

España: #Hablemos? #Parlem?

"Hay que optar por el diálogo, el respeto y la comprensión. Somos muchos, somos diversos, respetuosos y, sobre todo, queremos un país mejor y no uno infinitamente peor". English

Spain: shall we talk?

"We need to opt for dialogue, respect and understanding. We are many, we are diverse, we are respectful, and above all we want a better country and not one infinitely worse." Español

Spain’s hologram protests

Millions of Spaniards have engaged in protests over the past four years. As of July 1 they can be subject to disproportionate fines and even jail for exercising their democratic rights to freedom of expression, assembly, protest and information. Interview. 

Spain’s hologram protests

Millions of Spaniards have engaged in protests over the past four years. As of July 1 they can be subject to disproportionate fines and even jail for exercising their democratic rights to freedom of expression, assembly, protest and information. Interview. Español.

España: el holograma como protesta

Millones de españoles han participado en manifestaciones y protestas en los últimos cuatro años. A partir del 1 de julio de este año pueden ser objeto de penas desproporcionadas y hasta de encarcelamiento por ejercer sus derechos democráticos. Entrevista. Publicado  previamente en Can Europe Make It . English

Podemos’ March for Change

Today’s show of mass support and the clear affection people in the crowd have for him will undoubtedly give Iglesias a much needed boost.

Protest and social movements: a sine qua non for democracy

Laurence Cox interviews Cristina Flesher Fominaya about her new book, Social Movements and Globalization: How Protests, Occupations and Uprisings are Changing the World - on the mutual impact of social movements and globalisation, the ongoing influence of nation states, the rise of the autonomous movements and the importance of communication.

“Spain is Different”: Podemos and 15-M

Podemos has presented itself as a party of "decent ordinary people”, who understand the needs of ordinary citizens and are open to taking their lead from them through the participatory process (as opposed to positioning themselves as the intellectual vanguard). 

Spain’s Marches of Dignity, 22M, 2014: not anti-politics

The marches continue the collective resistance that has galvanized Spanish civil society since the 15-M occupation of the Puerta del Sol, but which is rooted in a long tradition and practice of autonomous politics of resistance and civil disobedience in Madrid and around Spain over the past decades. 

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