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Indigenous Movements and Resistance in Chile

A wave of popular uprisings has swept over Latin America in the past few months. While “taking it to the streets” is not uncommon in the region, what seems unique to these recent uprisings is both their scope and intensity. In Chile, for example, what started as discontent over an increase in the price of public transport quickly turned into the largest protests in the country since the revolts against Pinochet’s dictatorship in the 1980s.

The ongoing Chilean protests quickly came to symbolize opposition against wider injustices related to steep and rising inequality, cost of living, and lack of economic opportunity. While these large-scale protests have no central leadership or single union, group or organization behind them, the country’s indigenous populations, namely the Mapuche, have played a particularly visible role in the uprisings. In the following piece, Patricia Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, draws on her research with Christian Martínez Neira and David Carruthers to give an insightful account of the role that indigenous movements and resistance play in these recent popular mobilizations and the territorial, political and cultural claims they articulate.

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Informing Activists: “How can movements work inside of religious communities to make change?”

Jonathan Coley

“How can movements work inside of religious communities to make change?”

Classic Reading:

Wood, Richard L. 1999. “Religious culture and political action.” Sociological Theory 17.3: 307-332.


Snow, David A. and Kraig Beyerlein. 2019. Bringing the Study of Religion and Social Movements Together: Toward an Analytically Productive Intersection. in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements Edited by David Snow, Sarah Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Holly McCammon: 2nd ed. p. 571-585.


Coley, Jonathan S. 2018. Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press.

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Showtime for the Resistance

This month’s dialogue is inspired by the book The Resistance, published in 2018 and edited by David Meyer and Sidney Tarrow. The book featured numerous insightful essays analyzing various aspects of the resistance movement that arose in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump. Most of our readers will be familiar with the highly visible protests that occurred after the 2016 election but are likely less aware of the work that may or may not be going on behind the scenes to mobilize opposition to Trump’s reelection.

This month, we have three outstanding contributors. Many thanks for their contributions on this topic:

Editors in Chief,

Rory McVeigh, David Ortiz, Guillermo Trejo, and Grace Yukich



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From THE RESISTANCE to Resistance; The United States as a Case of Democratic Transition

By Sidney Tarrow*

Sidney Tarrow 2My thanks to “Mobilizing Ideas” for the ingenious idea — taking off from The Resistance, published in 2018 and edited by David Meyer and myself — of taking the story of the movement against Trumpism to the run-up of the upcoming presidential election. Having moved on to other issues and to other venuessince The Resistancewent to press in mid-2017, I cannot claim to have original material to contribute to this new debate. But often the most interesting ideas for an author come after publication. What I propose is to look at the resistance to Donald Trump drawing on my experience as a comparativist as an experience of what may be shaping up as a new democratic transition. Continue reading

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The Women’s March: From March to Movement(s)?

By Dr. Marie Berry  & Dr. Erica Chenoweth


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by | October 15, 2019 · 7:56 AM

Great Books for Summer Reading 2019 – Part 2

Here is part two of our Great Books for Summer Reading series.  Many thanks to our wonderful group of contributors.

Erin M. Evans, San Diego Mesa College — The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the Inside Out (essay)

Yuan Hsiao, University of Washington, PhD Candidate — Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions (essay)

Diego F. Leal, University of South Carolina — Afrodescendant Resistance to Deracination in Colombia (essay)

Lyndi Hewitt, University of North Carolina-Asheville — Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (essay)

Charles Seguin, Penn State University — Stonewall and the Myth of Self-Deliverance (essay)

Juhi Tyagi, Universität Erfurt — Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed its Capacity to Compete (essay)


Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh

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Great Books for Summer Reading 2019

Every June and July, we have a tradition of offering readers a broad selection of great books to add to their summer reading lists. This year we asked contributors to recommend the one book social movement scholars and activists should be reading this summer. Contributors chose their favorite social movement or protest-related book, whether scholarly or activist, fiction or nonfiction, and wrote a short review. In past years, the selection of books has been diverse, and we hope to again offer something of interest to everyone.

Many thanks to our wonderful group of contributors.

Matthew Baggetta, Indiana University — The Surprising Science of Meetings: How you can Lead your Team to Peak Performance (essay)

Maria Mora, University of California, Merced — Latino Mass Mobilization, Immigration, Racialization, and Activism (essay)

Marcos Emilio Perez, Washington and Lee University — Socio-Political Dynamics within the Crisis of the Left (essay)

Todd Nicholas Fuist, Illinois Wesleyan University — Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity (essay)


Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh

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