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Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South

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Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South

Lisa Thompson, Chris Tapscott, "Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South (Claiming Citizenship: Rights, Participation, Accountability)"
Publisher: Zed Books | ISBN 10: 184813388X | 2010 | PDF | 304 pages | 1.2 MB

Past debates over social movements have suffered from a focus on Anglo-America and Europe, often neglecting the significance of collective actions of citizens in the Global South. This authoritative new title redresses this imbalance with case study material from movements for change in Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. In these examples, social movements have formed without the benefits of the structural or institutional resource base found in the North, and have persevered even when the state does not have the resources to effectively respond to collective demands. Each expert contribution points to the complexity of relationships that influence mobilization and social movements; unsettling the notion that social activism leads inexorably to democracy and development and questioning what motivates collective action and what does it achieve?