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Social Movements

Yarimar Bonilla

in Anthropology

ISBN: 9780199766567
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199766567-0024
Social Movements

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Within anthropology the literature on social movements has examined a wide arrange of processes and practices of collective action. One of the key contributions anthropologists have made to the study of social movements has been to expand the definition of collective resistance beyond the scope of formalized protest to encompass everyday forms of resistance and intermediary forms of dissent. Anthropologists have also foregrounded the affective and subjective effects of political participation by examining the lived experience (rather than simply the strategic outcomes) of collective action. In years past anthropologists were mostly concerned with the politics of “subaltern” groups such as indigenous organizations, movements focused around gender and sexuality, and other identity-based forms of mobilization. There has also been great interest in how populations have struggled against the effects of economic globalization and neoliberal reform, with increasing attention to protests against transnational corporations and global financial organizations (such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization). More recently anthropologists have become interested in digital activism and in how digital technologies are redefining political participation and democratic politics.

Article.  4107 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology ; Human Evolution ; Medical Anthropology ; Physical Anthropology ; Social and Cultural Anthropology

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