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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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The Ties That Bind?

The Ties That Bind?

The Effect of Social Ties and Interaction

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(p.82) 5 The Ties That Bind?
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Patterns of Protest
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774109.003.0005

Social ties are essential to how individuals become involved in social movements and engage in activism and contentious politics. Social movement activities are typically embedded in dense relational settings, indicating that the likelihood for an individual to join an organization is contingent upon the number and strength of social ties linking group members to each other and to non-members. Integration into social networks can therefore motivate people to join social movements, and individuals who are well integrated into a community have a greater possibility of getting involved in these organizations. This chapter describes a model of movement participation that takes into account the role of social ties in social movements and contentious political participation. Using this model, it explores how the number, type, and intensity of ties that develop in the course of activism are shaped by the structure and character of social movement organizations.

Keywords:   social ties, social movements, activism, contentious politics, political participation, social networks

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