Thoughts on a Neglected Category of Social Movement Participant: The Agent Provocateur and the Informant

  title={Thoughts on a Neglected Category of Social Movement Participant: The Agent Provocateur and the Informant},
  author={Gary T. Marx},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={402 - 442}
  • G. Marx
  • Published 1 September 1974
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
This article considers the hitherto unexplored phenomenon of the informant as used by authorities in their response to social movements. The origins and motives of informants, their roles in radical groups, and factors conducive to their becoming agents provocateurs are explored. Suggestions for further research and conclusions about the effects of using informants are offered. 
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