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Organising the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: the case of the ‘We Divest’ campaign

Morrison, Suzanne (2015) Organising the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: the case of the ‘We Divest’ campaign. Conflict, Security and Development, 15 (5). pp. 575-593. ISSN 1467-8802

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14678802.2015.1100015


In this article, I critically analyse the case of the We Divest campaign as an example of a divestment initiative of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to highlight aspects of how the movement works, particularly through its organisa-tional structure and processes. The cam-paign targets TIAA-CREF, one of the largest retirement fund providers in the US, to divest funds currently held in a number of companies the campaign has identified as profiting from Israel’s viola- tions of international law. In examining the case I determine certain organisational characteristics of the movement, i.e. net-worked, decentralised, grassroots, horizon-tal and border-crossing. By identifying certain aspects of the movement’s infras-tructure through an investigation into the We Divest campaign, I argue that the organisational structure and processes identified in the case study suggest that the movement represents a new and different way of challenging Israel.

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Additional Information: © 2015 King’s College London
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 12:33
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 07:12

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