Category: Informing Activists

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 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 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

Informing Activists

Mobilizing Ideas is excited to announce the publication of a special series this month called “Informing Activists.” Coordinated by Jennifer Earl and Thomas Elliott (both at the University of Arizona), and in in partnership with the Youth Activism Project, this … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How Might These Topics Apply to a Specific Campaign?

Elizabeth Armstrong How Might These Topics Apply to a Specific Campaign? Elizabeth Armstrong demonstrates how some of the topics discussed in other videos come together in one movement. Watch for the pop-up titles for suggest videos to watch to learn … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How can I build coalitions and increase diversity?

Richard Wood Introduction How do I increase diversity in my organization? What should I know about building coalitions? Recommended Readings Classic Staggenborg, S. 1986. Coalition work in the pro-choice movement: Organizational and environmental opportunities and obstacles. Social Problems, 33(5):374-390. Review Van … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How much does the political environment affect my cause?

David Meyer How much does the political environment affect my cause? Recommended Readings: Classic Kitschelt, Herbert P. 1986. “Political Opportunity Structures and Political Protest: Anti-Nuclear Movements in Four Democracies.” British Journal of Political Science 16(1):57-85. Review Meyer, David S. and … Continue reading

Informing Activists: In what ways do social movements make a difference?

Thomas Elliott In what ways do social movements make a difference? Recommended Readings: Classic: Amenta, E., Carruthers, B. G., & Zylan, Y. 1992. “A hero for the aged? The Townsend Movement, the political mediation model, and US old-age policy, 1934-1950.” American … Continue reading