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More airport protest consequences; a dissent channel

The conditions that help protest movements grow also generate institutional efforts at resistance. So, sorting out the impact of protest on policy is tough. Scholars generally want to employ tight measures of protest movements (the number or size of demonstrations, … Continue reading

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Where’s the peace movement?

(This was written in response to a request from Mobilizing Ideas.  You can see related essays from Catherine Corrigall-Brown, David Cortright, William Gamson, Michael Heaney, Kathy Kelly, Lisa Leitz, and Andrew Yeo here.) Just over a decade ago, activists around … Continue reading

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Social movement society conference

I’m happy to be at the University of Ottawa, participating in a workshop considering “the social movement society.” The idea is from a book Sid Tarrow and I edited nearly fifteen years ago.  We argued that social movements were becoming … Continue reading

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Notre Dame honors Pam Oliver

I’m pleased to be at the University of Notre Dame, participating in the third annual conference for young scholars in social movements (I’m not one of the young ones).  Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Social Movements will also … Continue reading

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Methods and movements: how to study social movements

I was part of an online roundtable of researchers discussing how to study social movements.  It’s at The Society Pages, and includes Jeffrey Alexander (Yale), Neal Caren (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Nathan Clough (University of Minnesota, Duluth), Myra … Continue reading

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How the Tea Party produced candidate Romney

This essay is part of a larger dialogue at Mobilizing Ideas, which also includes pieces by Neal Caren, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Tina Fetner, McMaster University Richard Lloyd and Steven Tepper, Vanderbilt University Chris Parker, University of Washington … Continue reading

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Travel to Israel

I I’m very pleased to be participating in the Seventh Annual Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Conference at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  I hope to learn more about about lots of things, including the tent protests in Israel earlier this year. I’ve … Continue reading

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