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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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Social, Political, and Organizational Context of Participation

Social, Political, and Organizational Context of Participation

(p.59) 4 Social, Political, and Organizational Context of Participation
Patterns of Protest
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Participation in contentious politics necessarily occurs within an organizational and relational context that shapes the identities developed by individuals and the social ties they foster over the course of participation, which in turn influences the length and continuity of the individuals' trajectory of participation. This chapter examines the social, political, and organizational context of political participation by focusing on four social movement organizations and their past participants: the United Farm Workers, Concerned Women for America, a Catholic Worker group, and a homeowners association. Organizational structure strongly affects the social ties and identities that participants create in the course of activism. This chapter considers two fundamental features of organizational context: degree of hierarchy and issue scope.

Keywords:   social movement organizations, activism, political participation, contentious politics, hierarchy, issue scope, social ties, identities, United Farm Workers, Concerned Women for America

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