The CIS publishes “Comunidades locales y participación política”, an analysis of the effect that the features of a municipality have on political activism.

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Clemente J. Navarro Yánez is a lecturer at the Universidad de Pablo de Olavide in Seville, where he runs the Centro de Sociología y Políticas Locales. His work focuses on urban political sociology, local governance and engagement. Visiting lecturer at the universities of Chicago, Florence, Campinas, San Martín and the Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca. He is currently a researcher at the Centro de Estudios Andaluces, where he directs the Local Government Observatory.

Comunidades locales y participación política en España

Author: Clemente J. Navarro Yánez
1st ed.
Madrid : Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 2011
198 p., 14 x 21 cm
ISBN: 9788474765526

Despite the importance that the local context has on our everyday lives, this sphere is undoubtedly, the one most absent in political sociology and the political sciences, particularly in Spain. Nevertheless, it is usually argued that the municipality, in a socio-political context, structures certain opportunities and guidelines for interaction which could reflect political engagement. Hence, the core argument of this work is that engagement not only depends on "who we are", but also "where we live" and "who we are where we live". This work analyses the effect certain municipal features have on political activism, what is termed the "local ecology of political activism" and it demonstrates not only that it exists, but also that it is different according to the municipal characteristic (size or different forms of heterogeneity among its inhabitants) and the type of activism (community or contentious) under consideration.