Conclusion [chapter]

2021 Migrant Protest  
Interactive Dynamics, Ambivalent Spatialities and Regulatory Contexts "I was [politically] active in Sudan -this is the reason I had to leave. When I came to France, I did not want to be political. When I understood the situation here, though, that was not possible. I realized that I had to continue fighting to get back my dignity, at least, my basic rights. Wherever you go, no one can guarantee your basic rights unless you stand up for them yourself. I found that it works to let people know
more » ... t our rights are abused in Europe and also, of course, in Africa and elsewhere." 1 Abstract Episodes of precarious migrant protest are characterized by volatility and fragility, rather than by stability or structure. In the four case studies scrutinized in this book, the players' interests, resources and options were shaped in the process. Players emerged, split and changed sides during the mobilizations. In some occasions and spatial configurations, microinteractions incubated sparks of dissent into large and powerful mobilizations. In other socio-spatial settings, diversity and precariousness favored fragmentation and demobilization. Against this background, the concluding chapter suggests an microinteractionist argument to the study of precarious protest. Such a perspective, which stresses agency despite contexts of marginalization, does not suggest that macroinstitutions do not matter. On the contrary, a "players and arena" approach precisely illustrates how different legal statuses, accommodation systems, and social movement traditions intervene in concrete contentious interactions shaping the complex dynamics of precarious mobilizations.
doi:10.1515/9789048550197-011 fatcat:35pcmgx4svafzjdyo5edzr2zca