Mobilizing within Networks of Solidarity: Resource Mobilization and Embeddedness of Refugee Activists in Local Solidarity Networks in Berlin, Germany
The proposed paper addresses the recent refugee mobilizations in Germany and scrutinizes how activists mobilise material and ideational resources. It draws upon social movement theory on resource mobilization and particularly the role of personal local and national networks for resource-poor ‘challengers’. Methodologically, the paper is based on in-depth interviews and participatory qualitative social network analysis with refugee activists in Berlin; in this method, the research subjects are asked to create a visual map of their social network and discuss their significance (intensity of exchange, type of exchange, types of resources mobilized through the respective channel). In understanding the perception of support networks by refugee activists, the paper aims both at an academic contribution and at improving practices of migrant solidarity.