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Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the by Lisa Thompson, Chris Tapscott

By Lisa Thompson, Chris Tapscott

Earlier debates over social activities have suffered from a spotlight on Anglo-America and Europe, frequently neglecting the importance of collective activities of electorate within the international South. This authoritative new name redresses this imbalance with case examine fabric from activities for switch in Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. In those examples, social pursuits have shaped with no the advantages of the structural or institutional source base present in the North, and feature persisted even if the country doesn't have the assets to successfully reply to collective calls for. every one specialist contribution issues to the complexity of relationships that impression mobilization and social events; unsettling the concept that social activism leads inexorably to democracy and improvement and wondering what motivates collective motion and what does it in attaining?

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There is also related debate about the extent to which GSMs bring about change in the global arena, although it is mostly agreed that GSMs do exercise some influence over multilateral institutions (Stavenhagen 1997; O’Brien et al. 2000; Murphy 2002). O’Brien et al. (2000: 12) define 22 GSMs (as distinct from global civil society, or international society) as being [b]y definition not members of the elite in their societies. They are anti-systemic. That is they are working to forward priorities at odds with the existing organisation of the system.

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