Author: Mobilizing Ideas

International Donor Funding for Activism: Boon or Burden?

By Davin O’Regan For activists and advocates in developing countries, funding from international donors is often perceived as a sharp double-edged sword. Financial support from development agencies like USAID, DfID, Sida, or Norad, or private foundations like MacArthur, Ford, or Omidyar … Continue reading

Threat and Mobilization

Social movement theorists have pointed to the concept of threat as a mobilizing force. Yet whereas many objective conditions are threatening – presenting economic threats, environmental threats, and existential threats – such conditions do not always lead to collective action. … Continue reading

A Strange Yet Promising Progression: Unearthing the Relational Foundations of Political Threat

By Eitan Alimi It would be fair to say that the notion of threat was never a stranger to scholars of collective behavior and social movements. The idea that aggrieved groups respond to developments or events that put them at risk … Continue reading

Threats in Immigrant Collective Action

By Maria de Jesus Mora Contemporary movements across the world remind social movement scholars to rethink the role threat and grievances play in collective action. Recently, several movements have emerged in response to threats. From the occupy movement, and indigenous water rights … Continue reading

Transformative Environmental Threats: Emotions and Disrupting Inaction

By Kelly Bergstrand Environmental problems have a long history of being difficult to resolve, from the frustrations of trying to manage collective resources (e.g., the tragedy of the commons) to environmental problems typically being ranked lower as national policy priorities relative … Continue reading

Threat and Mobilization

Social movement theorists have pointed to the concept of threat as mobilizing force. Yet whereas many objective conditions are threatening – presenting economic threats, environmental threats, and existential threats – such conditions do not always lead to collective action. What … Continue reading

How does Racialized Repression as a Form of Threat Affect Mobilization?

By Marian Azab   References: Azab, Marian, and Wayne A. Santoro. 2017. “Rethinking Fear and Protest: Racialized Repression of Arab Americans and the Mobilization Benefits of being Afraid.” Mobilization 22(4):417-36. Naber, Nadine. 2006. “The Rules of Forced Engagement: Race, gender, and … Continue reading