Category: Informing Activists

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

Informing Activists: How/When do movements affect culture?

Jennifer Earl How/When do movements affect culture? Recommended Readings: Classic Gamson, William A. 1998. “Social Movements and Cultural Change.” in From Contention to Democracy, edited by M. G. Giugni, D. McAdam and C. Tilly. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. Review … Continue reading

Informing Activists: When do movements shape public opinion?

Neal Caren When do movements shape public opinion? Recommended Readings: Classic Burstein, Paul. 1998. “Bringing the public back in: should sociologists consider the impact of public opinion on public policy?.” Social forces 77(1):27-62. Review Amenta, Edwin, Neal Caren, Elizabeth Chiarello, … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How does movement participation affect people’s lives?

Marco Giugni How does movement participation affect people’s lives? Recommended Readings: Classic McAdam, Doug. 1989. “The biographical consequences of activism.” American sociological review 54(5):744-760. Review Giugni, M. 2008. “Political, Biographical, and Cultural Consequences of Social Movements.” Sociology Compass 2:1582–1600 Contemporary Corrigall-Brown, Catherine. … Continue reading

Informing Activists: Who participates in movements and why?

Participation is a big topic, so we’ve asked two of the top scholars studying participation in social movements to translate their work into advice for activists. Bert Klandermans An Overview of Participation Ziad Munson Getting People to Participate Recommended Readings: … Continue reading

Informing Activists: What can be done about activist burnout?

Sharon Nepstad What can be done about activist burnout? Recommended Readings: Classic Nepstad, Sharon Erickson. 2004. “Persistent resistance: Commitment and community in the Plowshares movement.” Social Problems 51(1):43-60. Review Bunnage, Leslie A. 2014. “Social movement engagement over the long haul: … Continue reading

Informing Activists: How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement?

Rachel Einwohner How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement? Recommended Readings: Classic Melucci, A. 1988. Getting involved: Identity and mobilization in social movements. International Social Movement Research 1:329-348. Review Polletta, F., & Jasper, J. M. 2001. Collective identity … Continue reading