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Informing Activists: What should I know about reaching a diverse group of people online?

Thomas Elliott What should I know about reaching a diverse group of people online? Recommended Readings: Classic: Cohen, Cathy J., and Joseph Kahne. 2012. Participatory Politics: New Media and Youth Political Action, Youth & Participatory Politics. Chicago, IL: MacArthur Foundation Review (note: this … Continue reading

Informing Activists ~ Table of Contents

Welcome to the home page for the Informing Activists video project! Below you will find links for videos of social movement scholars (and social scientists) answering questions relevant for young activists. Each page contains at least one video that we … Continue reading

Informing Activists: What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others?

Kate Kenski Introduction   What ways are more or less effective for agreeing or disagreeing with others?   Websites referenced in this video:  https://implicit.harvard.edu http://politecho.org/ Readings on Effective Messaging Classic: O’Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, and Kathleen Clarke-Pearson. “The impact of social … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How do I support movements in other countries?

Dana Moss How do I support movements in other countries? Classic Reading: Keck, Margaret E., and Kathryn Sikkink. 1998. Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Contemporary:  Moss, Dana M. 2016. “Transnational repression, diaspora … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How can activists avoid burnout?

Hava Gordon How can activists avoid burnout? Recommended Readings Gordon, Hava Rachel. 2009. We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press Klandermans, Bert. 1997. The Social Psychology of Protest. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers. … Continue reading

Informing Activists: What are the different types of leadership I can choose from?

Three relevant pieces of research about social movement leadership:  Classic: Robnett, Belinda. 2000. How long? How long?: African-American women in the struggle for civil rights. Oxford University Press. Review: Morris, Aldon and Suzanne Staggenborg. 2004. “Leadership in Social Movements” Pp. 171-96 in The Blackwell … Continue reading

Informing Activists: What can activists in the West learn from the Arab Spring?

  Three relevant pieces of research about social movements and the Arab Spring: Mobilization Journal’s special issue on the Arab Spring: http://mobilizationjournal.org/toc/maiq/17/4 Howard, Philip N., and Muzammil M. Hussain. 2013. “Democracy’s fourth wave?: digital media and the Arab Spring.” Oxford … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How can I protect myself legally when I am active online?

Derek Bambauer How can I protect myself legally when I am active online? Professor Bambauer mentions several resources that you can use to protect yourself online. We have compiled links to these sources below. The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation)’s Surveillance Self-Defense … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How do movements influence elections?

Fabio Rojas How do movements influence elections? Recommended Readings CLASSIC: Meyer, David S., and Sidney G. Tarrow. 1998. The social movement society: Contentious politics for a new century. Rowman & Littlefield, CONTEMPORARY: Heaney, Michael, and Fabio Rojas. 2011. “The partisan dynamics … Continue reading