Global crisis, Spanish indignation and the 15-M movement

Natalia Karina Lehrmann

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis provides an intensive case analysis of the Spanish 15-M movement, which since 2011 has mobilized hundreds of thousands citizens that have expressed indignation towards the post-financial crisis social problems and imposed austerity measures as well as feelings of not being represented by the Spanish political institutions. The focus of analysis is to uncover how the 15-M movement has developed as a response to the global financial crisis, how it expresses global trends within civil society as well as in what way the movement has it articulated alternative Spanish public discourses. Applying theories of civil society and the public sphere as well as the concepts of social movements and global civil society the thesis analyses the movement’s structure, its organisation, its basic values and demands, its diffusion and its use of and mobilisation dynamics within new media. Moreover a comparison of the 15-M with other post-2010 movements provides an examination of common issues of concern, meanings as well as practices that social movements on a global scale have in common. Finally, the thesis takes a critical stance towards Habermas’ vision of civil society and public by discussing issues of exclusion, fragmentation and other forms of mobilisation. Nevertheless, the major finding of the thesis is that the 15-M movement has been self-regenerating and through the ideals of democracy, social justice and dignity; and that it has inspired people to consider that they have potential power to make a difference through collective action. By deliberation through camps, assemblies, working groups and social media the 15-M movement has developed as an awareness builder challenging the public discourse on austerity.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato8 jul. 2013
VejlederePreben Kaarsholm


  • social movements
  • global crisis