Organizational Practices and Prefigurative Spaces in European Queer Festivals

  title={Organizational Practices and Prefigurative Spaces in European Queer Festivals},
  author={Kostas Eleftheriadis},
  journal={Social Movement Studies},
  pages={651 - 667}
Social movement scholars have been actively debating the importance of organizational structures for solidarity and new social movements. This article investigates how queer festivals build on the horizontal structure legacy of those movements, constructing their own prefigurative models through a set of specific organizational practices. Queer festivals constitute a dynamic repertoire of action of queer politics in Europe, expanding across the continent. Based upon their belief in the limits… 
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