Informing Activists: Who participates in movements and why?

Participation is a big topic, so we’ve asked two of the top scholars studying participation in social movements to translate their work into advice for activists.

Bert Klandermans

An Overview of Participation

Ziad Munson

Getting People to Participate

Recommended Readings:


Klandermans, Bert, and Dirk Oegema. 1987. “Potentials, networks, motivations, and barriers: Steps towards participation in social movements.” American sociological review, 52(4):519-531.


Klandermans, Bert.2004. “The demand and supply of participation: Social-psychological correlates of participation in social movements.” Pp. 360-379 in The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by D. A. Snow, S. A. Soule and H. Kriesi. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.


Shultziner, Doron. 2013. The Social-Psychological Origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: Social Interaction and Humiliation in the Emergence of Social Movements. Mobilization: An International Quarterly: 18(2):117-142.

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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