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Corrigall-Brown's rich study is must reading for anyone who wants to understand the longer-term ebb and flow of participation that tend to define activist lives. This is a significant theoretical and empirical addition to our understanding of the dynamics of contentious citizenship across the life course. Dalton, University of California, Irvine. Very few studies move beyond initial engagement to explore life-course trajectories of protest participation.
While some research explores the social psychology behind decisions to protest, this book reveals the significant ways in which the organizational context of activist groups shapes participation. Patterns of Protest.
Description Desc. Snow, University of California, Irvine "For all the studies we have of movement recruitment, we know next to nothing about what happens after that. Dalton, University of California, Irvine "This work is destined to become the authoritative text on the variety of ways individuals participate in social activism.
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This book might not be your first choice for a book to take on your holidays, but it is a good yet maybe more serious read for the summer. One would actually wish that Corrigall-Brown would make a non-academic version of the monograph as well, that includes more bibliographical life stories of the activists she interviewed.
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Judging by some of the quotes included in the book there are some highly interesting people among the participants in her research. In any case, Patterns of Protest is a very accessible book and a good read. My one concern with the book is the fact that the analyses are based on people who already got active in protest activities in the 60s or 70s.
This of course makes sense, because the study is about life trajectories and people thus need to be followed over the course of a longer period of time.
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It does, however, limit the generalizability of the results. In the past decades, society has changed considerably and the question is to what extent this impacts the results of the study.
Patterns of Protest: Trajectories of Participation in Social Movements | Catherine Corrigall-Brown
Corrigall-Brown reflects on this in the concluding chapter and mentions the decline of social capital and civic engagement as identified by Robert Putnam as a key concern: she hypothesizes that in later cohorts, one would find lower levels of group membership, but higher levels of protest participation. This is likely to be true, but she leaves two important points unmentioned here. First, what does it mean for the trajectories she identifies?
Would one expect higher levels of abeyance and transfer?
Or maybe also an increase in disengagement by those people that are disappointed in civil society? And second, she does not discuss the rise of the Internet. This new medium has resulted in a wide variety of new options of online protest participation, and offers opportunities for quick non-organization based mobilization. This might make the SMO a less relevant object to study—or at least not the only thing one should look at: also loosely organized forms of participation that could be as simple as signing an online petition, should be taken into consideration.
In that case, my hypothesis would be that one might actually find a lot more continuity in the engagement of people over their life course.
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