GOVT-401 Social and Protest Movements in Contemporary Society
Spring for 2013-2014
Protest politics and social activism have become common even under repressive regimes. Movements often represent not only specific grievances but also frustration with or mistrust in established channels for participation. This seminar explores theories about the origin, organization, tactics, and influence of social movements and protest actions in a variety of political contexts. Readings address labor, civil rights, gender equality, human rights, democracy, and environmental movements. Special attention is given to social mobilization during democratization. Major case studies are drawn from the US, China, Ukraine, and Chile.
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