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Organized Secularism in the United States. New Directions in Research

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Book Series: Religion and Its Others. Studies in Religion, Nonreligion, and Secularity ISSN: 2330-6262 ISBN: 9783110458657 9783110441956 Year: Pages: viii, 321 DOI: 10.1515/9783110458657 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion
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There has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of the US population that is not religious. However, there is, to date, very little research on the social movement that is organizing to serve the needs of and advocate for the nonreligious in the US.This is a book about the rise and structure of organized secularism in the United States. By organized secularism we mean the efforts of nonreligious individuals to build institutions, networks, and ultimately a movement that serves their interests in a predominantly religious society. Researchers from various fields address questions such as: What secularist organizations exist? Who are the members of these organizations? What kinds of organizations do they create? What functions do these organizations provide for their members? How do the secularist organizations of today compare to those of the past? And what is their likely impact on the future of secularism?For anyone trying to understand the rise of the nonreligious in the US, this book will provide valuable insights into organized efforts to normalize their worldview and advocate for their equal treatment in society.

Global Diffusion of Protest. Riding the Protest Wave in the Neoliberal Crisis

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ISBN: 9789462981690 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.5117/9789462981690 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science
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Recent years have seen a new development in the growth and spread of popular protest: protests that began as local, homogeneous events-such as Occupy Wall Street or the protests of the Arab Spring-quickly left their original locations and local specificity behind and became global. This book looks at the development of this wave of protests, with an eye on protests against austerity and neoliberal economic policies, and offers a global view, covering events in Turkey, Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other locations.

Becoming a Movement: Identity, Narrative and Memory in the European Global Justice Movement

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Book Series: Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism ISBN: 9781786603791 Year: Pages: 164 Language: English
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International Grant: DFG funded Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Subject: Social Sciences
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Social movement scholars have become increasingly interested in the role of stories in contentious politics. Stories may facilitate the mobilization of activists and strengthen the resonance of their claims within public discourse and institutional politics. This book explores the role of narratives in building collective identity – a vital element in activists’ continued commitment. While often claimed important, the connection between narratives and movement identity remains understudied. Drawing on a rich pool of original data, the book’s analysis focusses on the Global Justice Movement (GJM), a movement known for its diversity of political perspectives. Based on a comparison of different national constellations of the GJM in Europe, the book demonstrates the centrality of activists’ narratives in forming and maintaining movement identity and in making the GJM more enduring.

The Troubles in Northern Ireland and Theories of Social Movements

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ISBN: 9789089649591 Year: DOI: 10.5117/9789089649591 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science
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This volume focuses on a number of research questions, drawn from social movement scholarship: How does nonviolent mobilisation emerge and persist in deeply divided societies? What are the trajectories of participation in violent groups in these societies? What is the relationship between overt mobilisation, clandestine operations and protests among political prisoners? What is the role of media coverage and identity politics? Can there be non-sectarian collective mobilisation in deeply divided societies? The answers to these questions do not merely try to explain contentious politics in Northern Ireland; instead, they inform future research on social movements beyond this case. Specifically, we argue that an actor-based approach and the contextualisation of contentious politics provide a dynamic theoretical framework to better understand the Troubles and the development of conflicts in deeply divided societies.

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