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Social Movements in Latin America

Fernanda Somuano Ventura

in Political Science

ISBN: 9780199756223
Published online November 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0049
Social Movements in Latin America

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As is the case with many concepts in social sciences, there are many definitions of social movements. However, consensus seems to be general on some of their characteristics. Social movements are informal networks or groups of people with common purposes, shared beliefs, and solidarity that mobilize around specific issues generally through different means of protest and direct action. For some authors, social movements represent collective challenges to elites, authorities, other groups, or cultural codes by people in sustained interactions with elites, opponents, and authorities. Some authors argue that social movements are an important vehicle for participation by ordinary people in public politics and are seen as the vanguard of a new society. Others state that social movements represent a threat to democratic politics and to social and political order.

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Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions ; Political Methodology ; Political Theory

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