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Patterns of Protest: Trajectories of Participation in Social Movements

Catherine Corrigall-Brown


Asked to name an activist, many people think of someone like Cesar Chavez or Rosa Parks—someone uniquely and passionately devoted to a cause. Yet, two-thirds of Americans report having belonged to a social movement, attended a protest, or engaged in some form of contentious political activity. Activism, in other words, is something that the vast majority of people engage in. This book examines these more common experiences to ask how and when people choose to engage with political causes. It shows how individual characteristics and life experiences impact the pathway of political participation ... More

Keywords: political participation, activism, social movement, protest, political activity, political causes, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774109
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Corrigall-Brown, author