The Self-Organization of Social Movements

  title={The Self-Organization of Social Movements},
  author={Christian Fuchs},
  journal={Systemic Practice and Action Research},
  • C. Fuchs
  • Published 11 May 2006
  • Political Science
  • Systemic Practice and Action Research
The New Social Movement Approach and the Resource Mobilization Approach are the dominant approaches in social movement research. They focus either on macro-aspects and externalism or on micro-aspects and internalism. This paper suggests that the notion of self-organization is one way of taking into account both internal and external, structural- and action-based aspects of social movements and that it allows a dynamic concept of protest. The emergence of social movements is not determined, but… 

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