Transforming the boundaries of collective identity: from the ‘local’ anti-road campaign to ‘global’ resistance?

  title={Transforming the boundaries of collective identity: from the ‘local’ anti-road campaign to ‘global’ resistance?},
  author={John Drury and Stephen D Reicher and Clifford Stott},
  journal={Social Movement Studies},
  pages={191 - 212}
This paper is concerned with how people involved in ‘local’ protest might come to see themselves as part of wider social groupings and even global forces of resistance. An ethnographic study of the No M11 Link Road Campaign in London examines participants' definitions of their collective identity boundaries at different stages of involvement. Cross-sectional material from the beginning and later in the campaign shows that there was a transformation in collective identity boundaries towards a… 

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