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Patterns of ProtestTrajectories of Participation in Social Movements$
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Catherine Corrigall-Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774109

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774109.001.0001

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A Model of Participation

A Model of Participation

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(p.1) 1 A Model of Participation
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Patterns of Protest
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774109.003.0001

This book argues that people who join social movements are not just the dedicated few or lifelong activists but also include ordinary folks. Drawing on the results of a nationally representative longitudinal study, it shows that Americans have been part of a social movement organization, participated in a protest, or engaged in other forms of contentious political activity at some point in their lives. In other words, activism is the realm of the many. The book thus presents a real picture of political participation, one in which many people are involved in a multitude of ways and with varying degrees of continuity actively to construct social change. It also examines four pathways of engagement—persistence, transfer, abeyance, and disengagement—and looks at four social movement organizations: the United Farm Workers, Concerned Women for America, a Catholic Worker group, and a homeowners association. It identifies demonstrates four sets of individual-level factors that motivate individuals to join organizations and participate in protests: ideology, social networks, resources, and biographical availability.

Keywords:   social movements, political activity, protests, activism, political participation, abeyance, persistence, social networks, ideology, disengagement

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