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From consensus to dissensus: the politics of anti-austerity activism in London and its relationship to voluntary organisations

Ishkanian, Armine (2017) From consensus to dissensus: the politics of anti-austerity activism in London and its relationship to voluntary organisations. Journal of Civil Society. ISSN 1744-8689

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17448689.2017.1389843

Abstract

This article examines how activism against austerity is organized and manifested in London. Given that anti-austerity activists are addressing issues related to social welfare, we examine whether there are alliances between the activists and voluntary organizations (VOs) that are working in that field. Examining the challenges involved in creating and sustaining alliances, we argue that the regulatory context alone is an insufficient explanation as to why activist–VO alliances are difficult to establish and maintain. We contend that more significantly, it is VOs’ and activists’ divergent and at times irreconcilable stances, which we refer to as the consensus and dissensus stances, respectively, which impede activist–VO alliances, beyond episodic interactions, from developing.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcis20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/78243

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