Author Archives: Shannon Arvizu

About Shannon Arvizu

Shannon Arvizu, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate with the FrameWorks Institute. She is a sociologist trained in frame analysis to influence social, cultural, and technological change. She builds upon a social movement perspective to bring attention to the role that frames play in building powerful networks of individuals and organizations for desired social change. Her most recent research shows how an influential network of advocacy organizations used frame transformation to shift policies and industry practices towards clean car production in the U.S. auto industry. She has also documented how frames stimulate the development of civic identities amongst young people in the Middle East. Shannon holds a B.A. in History from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Anthropology-Sociology from the American University in Cairo, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University.

The Activist-Scholar Dance: Straight Talk from Social Movement Researchers

As social movement researchers, we often study groups that we are personally interested in. We may be sympathetic to their issue and perhaps even volunteer time and resource to the cause.

Do our personal politics prevent us from doing sound research? Does embodying the activist-scholar role make us less legitimate within the academy?

The Call to Mobilize: How Strong is It for You?

In a recent roundtable on The Society Pages, “Social Scientists Studying Social Movements,” two well-established researchers describe their personal experience in negotiating the activist-scholar dance in their work. David S. Meyer and Myra Marx Ferree discuss their somewhat divergent approaches in doing research on issues that they have a deep personal interest in.

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