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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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Informing Activists: “What are the challenges and opportunities that girls and young women should consider when getting involved in social movements?”

Nancy Whittier:


“What are the challenges and opportunities that girls and young women should consider when getting involved in social movements?”


Taylor, Verta. 1999. “Gender and social movements: Gender processes in women’s self-help movements.” Gender & Society 13(1): 8-33.

Robnett, Belinda. 1996. “African-American women in the civil rights movement, 1954-1965: Gender, leadership, and micromobilization.” American Journal of Sociology. 101(6): 1661-1693.

McCammon, Holly J., Taylor, Verta, Reger, Jo, & Einwohner, Rachel L. (Eds.). (2017). The Oxford Handbook of US Women’s Social Movement Activism. Oxford University Press.

Yang, Chia-Ling. 2017. “The political is the personal: women’s participation in Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement.” Social Movement Studies 16(6): 660-671.

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The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement


This past week, the St. Louis branch of the Scholars Strategy Network brought David Meyer to town to discuss his new edited volume (with Sidney Tarrow) called The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement. The book includes chapters by many top scholars in the field and focuses on the origins, organization, and dynamics of the movement while situating these contemporary efforts into their historical context. In his discussion on the topic, Meyer focused on the spread of activism immediately following the election. Of particular interest to the audience, he detailed a counterfactual account of whether the large-scale and highly-resourced travel ban airport protests would have occurred as they did without the Women’s March. Although he noted some features that were unlikely the direct result of the Women’s March (e.g., ACLU and CAIR legal actions) he suggested that the size of the protest, decisions to offer free legal services, and extensive political support would have been unlikely without the previous mobilization effort. Meyer concluded the talk by noting that there is often a desire to create a “recipe” for social movement outcomes, but they are highly contextual and determined by the goals, timeline, and extensiveness of the demands put forth. Social movements, after all, are as Meyer said, “blunt instruments” for sharing solutions to complex problems. The book offers an opportunity to continue thinking critically about the extensive mobilization efforts in the last two years.


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