Anna Zhelnina

Anna Zhelnina
University of Helsinki | HY · Faculty of Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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What kind of tradeoffs do protest movements face in trying to change the world around them? Many scholars have tried to figure out why some social movements have an impact and others do not. By looking inside movements at their component parts and recurrent strategic interactions, we show that they usually produce familiar packages of effects, incl...
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A caucus of activist transit workers seeking to fight management chose to focus their efforts primarily on ousting a perceived “do-nothing” union leadership. This chapter demonstrates some of the gains and losses intrinsic to the electoral package. As a commonly used arena, running candidates for office was easy for workers to understand, and it he...
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In electoral arenas, political personalities are crucial: they can run and win elections. Personalities are important to collective efforts beyond elections, too. They can become symbols of movements and proposals. Compound players struggle over how dominant and influential a particular personality should be. The hopes, risks, and outcomes that acc...
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Strategic tradeoffs give rise to dilemmas and decisions, and those decisions launch players down paths of interaction with others. In many cases, those interactions lead to patterns of gains and losses, spread across multiple arenas, that we can identify as familiar packages. Although we focus on the details of interactions among players in strateg...
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In recent years, scholars have tried to explain what impact protest and social movements have on the world. Some efforts succeed and others, probably most, fail, but they all have a range of consequences. This book looks for patterns of gains and losses by concentrating on the interactions between protestors and various other strategic players as t...
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This chapter outlines a package of gains and losses linked to the institutionalization of movement-backed public policies. Activists often mobilize to advance policy goals or to democratize policymaking itself. But even when they achieve such goals, their task remains unfinished. They face further challenges in implementation and institutionalizati...
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Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement gained fame when it occupied multiple parts of the city, including around the Central Government Complex in Admiralty in September 2014. It was the product of nearly two years of organizing and negotiating between factions of the pro-democratic movement by a group called Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP). This...
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Protest efforts occasionally succeed but more often fail; either way, they leave behind a number of impacts on both the players and the arenas involved. In looking for patterns in both unanticipated and anticipated gains and losses, and by concentrating on multiple microlevel interactions among players, we incorporate a range of strategic players (...
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This chapter examines the crucial relationship between gains and losses across different arenas. The Communist Party of Austria in the country’s second-largest city of Graz benefited when it came to “own” the issue of housing advocacy. It leveraged its initial success in direct-help and protest arenas (more typically associated with social movement...
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This chapter finds players who create new arenas rather than only using preexisting ones. In 2014, Seattle was the first major American city to pass a $15-per-hour wage law. A set of diverse players—an avowed Socialist, the owner of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle tower, many representatives of the city’s labor movement, and a newly elected mayor—wra...
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This article contributes to social movement literature and theories of strategic action by making the case for an analytic distinction between habitual and intentional life strategies, namely the ways in which people pursue what they value in life. Housing strategies are one example of life strategies. The distinction helps explain how political pl...
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Social movements never entirely win or lose, nor do they suddenly appear or disappear. Just as their component parts recombine and continue in other forms, so movements have dozens of impacts of various kinds. To make sense of this complexity we propose examining the outcomes of political interactions for a variety of players (including individuals...
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In this paper, drawing on empirical evidence from Russian society, the authors seek to analyze the ways in which ordinary people can overcome a perceived gap between “high” politics and their everyday experiences. We argue that the concept of everyday politics is not enough to prepare the ground for politicization in everyday life, at least in a hi...
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The role of emotions in social movements and mobilization has been an important focus of recent research, but the emotional mechanisms producing apathy and non-participation remain under studied. This article explores the thinking and feeling processes involved in the production of apolitical attitudes, paying particular attention to their social a...
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https://www.metropolitiques.eu/National-and-Urban-Politics- Converge-in-Moscow-Will-Local-Activism-Prevail.html.
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This introduction aims to present the general outline of the special issue and to elaborate on the context against which most of the studies were conducted. We discuss the political, economic, social, and historical processes that contribute to shape Russia; this helps to understand local activism and protest in contemporary Russia. Since this cont...
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Желнина А.А., Тыканова Е.В. (2019) Формальные и неформальные гражданские инфраструктуры: современные исследования городского локального активизма в России. Журнал социологии и социальной антропологии, 22(1): 162–192. https://doi.org/10.31119/jssa.2019.22.1.8 Zhelnina A., Tykanova E. (2019) Formal’nyye i neformal’nyye grazhdanskiye infrastruktury:...
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An interactive approach to social movements highlights time dynamics in ways more correlational approaches do not, in that interaction and outcomes unfold in sequences as players react to one another. Some aspects of these engagements are shaped by institutional schedules, while others leave discretion to the players. Some institutional schedules,...
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The active participation of young people in the political protest of 2011–2012 happened to be surprising for many:1 just before the events the media as well as some experts reported on the passivity of the youth, describing young people as not having any interest for politics nor any kind of collective actions, and being mere consumers or careerist...
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The article presents the results of a pilot survey11. The survey was carried out by the Center for Youth Research in the framework of the project “Youth Solidarities in the Local and the Global Context: Economics, Politics, and Culture,” supported by the Center for Fundamental Research of the Higher School of Economics National Research University....
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The article discusses the post-socialist developments of urban public space in St. Petersburg, Russia. The city with a historic center protected by the UNESCO World Heritage status in combination with the Soviet legacy of lack of public participation is facing the problem of public space development. There are two controversial concepts of urban sp...
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One of the problems Russian cities encountered in the post-socialist period is the lack of public space, and ‘fencing in’ of open spaces within the residential districts. The alienation of public spaces corresponds with the general alienation of the public life and participation. The paper focuses on the negative effects of the public space in a ci...

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