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Church Asylum – new strategies, alliances and modes of resistance

Martin Bak Jørgensen

Abstract

This article discusses the possibilities for democratic transformation in a landscape of political closure. Taking the case of Church Asylum [Kirkeasyl] as an example of new ways of resistance and participation in contemporary Denmark the articles argues that although the established political channels are characterised by closure alternatives may be formulated outside the parliamentarian system. Using contemporary perspectives on social critique and mobilization the article looks back at Church Asylum in 2009 and discuss the alliances, strategies and modes of resistance used during the event. The article draws on a framework derived from political sociology and critical theory. 

Keywords

Democracy; political sociology; political opportunity structures; civil society; social movements

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