Author: Mobilizing Ideas

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

Is Perpetuating Threat a Viable Strategy? The Case of the National Rifle Association

By Trent Steidley The usefulness of threat in understanding social movements has informed a wide range work on topics like labor strikes, anti-union policies, the creation of ex-gay “therapy” centers and same-sex marriage bans. Naturally, social movements can use actual threats … Continue reading

Mobilizing Threat

By Greg Prieto While grievances are common, collective mobilization to address them is rare. Take the case of Xiomara, whom I profile in my new book Immigrants Under Threat. An undocumented single mother of three sons, she fled her home state … Continue reading

Threat, Here and Elsewhere

By Soon Park This is a special phase in the history of the United States, one characterized by threat. Yet, the dynamics of threat are playing out a bit differently now than in the recent past. How so? A short answer: … Continue reading

Allies in a Dangerous Time

By Amanda Pullum The enemy of my enemy, as the saying goes, is my friend. While we should probably be skeptical of this attitude toward friendship, it can help us understand why activists sometimes form short-term–or even seemingly paradoxical–alliances during times … Continue reading

The Politics of Demobilization: A Review of Soybeans and Power

By Federico M. Rossi Lapegna, Pablo (2016), Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics, and Social Movements in Argentina (New York: Oxford University Press). Soybeans and Power by Pablo Lapegna takes the case of a rural community in Formosa (a … Continue reading

“There is nothing neutral about the net”: Millennials and Activism on Digital Policy

By Alison N. Novak In a June 2014 segment on network neutrality, John Oliver encouraged his viewers to “turn on caps-lock and fly my pretties” in an effort to encourage the Federal Communications Commission to uphold the principle of network … Continue reading