Informing Activists: How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement?

Rachel Einwohner

How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement?

Recommended Readings:


Melucci, A. 1988. Getting involved: Identity and mobilization in social movements. International Social Movement Research 1:329-348.


Polletta, F., & Jasper, J. M. 2001. Collective identity and social movements. Annual review of Sociology 27:283-305.


Ghaziani, A. (2011). Post-gay collective identity construction. Social Problems 58(1):99-125.

Works Mentioned

Taylor, V., Whittier, N., & Morris, A. D. 1992. Collective identity in social movement communities: Lesbian feminist mobilization. Pp. 349-365 in Social perspectives in lesbian and gay studies edited by P. M. Nardi and B. E. Schneider. New York: Routledge.

Weldon, S. L. 2006. Inclusion, solidarity, and social movements: The global movement against gender violence. Perspectives on Politics 4(1):55-74.

We would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support of the Youth Activism Project through the Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network.

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