Solidarity without borders? The transnational integration of the Flemish solidarity movement

Jan Van De Poel

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Abstract

This paper analyses to what extent and how the Flemish solidarity movement has integrated in transnational networks and how this integration fits in the historic track record of the solidarity movement. I will demonstrate how present day integration in transnational networks follows a process of top-down globalisation (or globalisation from above) in the Flemish solidarity movement, hypothesizing present day integration could be in a way 'prepared' by this process. Subsequently, I will analyse the nature of this contemporary integration arguing it produces 'transnational coalitions' rather than 'transnational movements'. Therefore we will make use of a relational model of analysis based on national social movement organisations. This paper draws fundamentally on primary, archival material of a selection of NGDO's in the field of the Flemish solidarity movement. The selection is based on the organisation's positioning within the national movement field. Focus will be the federation of Flemish NGDO's - NCOS-11.11.11 - which serves as an NGDO's in its own right as well since 1966. Its central position in the solidarity field and long term perspective justifies this selection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference: The transnationality of social movements
PublisherLeuven
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2010
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Publication series

NameConference: The transnationality of social movements

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • NGOs
  • transnational social movements

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