Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur, Deflorian, Michael. 2021. Politicisation beyond Post-politics: New Social Activism and the Reconfiguration of Political Discourse. Social Movement Studies. 20 (3), 259-275.




In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008/9 social movements reminiscent of eco-emancipatory movements of the 1980s powerfully repoliticised the post-political order of neoliberalism. Additionally, and more recently, right-wing populist movements, Fridays for Future or political mobilisations related to the COVID-19 pandemic have substantially refashioned both the understanding of post-politics and the patterns of its repoliticisation. This article introduces a special issue on Movements and Activism beyond Post-politics. In light of these recent shifts we revisit the notion of post-politics, identify key characteristics of contemporary forms of repoliticisation, zoom in on academic debates about prefigurative and transformative politics and – following a preview of the contributions collated in the special issue – explore what the ongoing reconfiguration of public discourse may imply for further research into social movement activism beyond post-politics.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Social Movement Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Politicisation beyond Post-politics: New Social Activism and the Reconfiguration of Political Discourse
Volume 20
Number 3
Year 2021
Page from 259
Page to 275
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14742837.2021.1872375
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2021.1872375
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14742837.2021.1872375


Blühdorn, Ingolfur (Details)
Deflorian, Michael (Former researcher)
Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5425 Environmental sociology (Details)
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