My new book has been released in January 2017. It is entitled “Citizen Activism and Mediterranean Identity – Beyond Eurocentrism” and is published by Palgrave Macmillan, part of the Springer group.
You can order it here: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319459608
The book explores the commonalities between the struggles of the last years around the Mediterranean and tries to find the cultural roots of this season of protests and activism against repression and a growing systemic crisis. Who are their main characters? How has mobility of ideas and persons contributed to it? Why has the Mediterranean become the cradle of civil resistance? And how can one make sure that what has begun bears fruit? The author discusses how strategic action of social movements and activists from both Europe and the Arab world can build the basis for a grassroots integration project between the two shores, where mobility is at the core: on the one hand, advocating for the mobility of ideas, activists, and men and women of culture, as well as for trans-national strategizing; on the other hand, challenging the paradigms supporting visa policies and striving for establishing a space of safe and free movement of persons as one of the steps of a new Mediterranean citizenship. By providing contents and evidences to a new theory of social mobilization, this book is of interest to scholars of European and Arab social sciences, as well as to political activists in the region.