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Sue Kenny, Marilyn Taylor, Jenny Onyx, and Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316916.001.0001

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Active citizens, social movements and social transformation

Active citizens, social movements and social transformation

(p.139) Nine Active citizens, social movements and social transformation
Challenging the third sector

Sue Kenny

Marilyn Taylor

Jenny Onyx

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

Social movements and social movement organisations have been contributing to wider movements for social transformation, although their roles have also been complex and sometimes contradictory. Having explored differing definitions and perspectives the chapter explores varying examples, starting with the Civil Rights Movement and the National Welfare Rights Organization in the USA. More recent examples include ‘Occupy’ in different contexts, followed by examples of international social justice movements. Social movements face their own particular challenges, including the challenges involved in opting for ‘horizontal’ rather than more traditional forms of organisation. But other opportunities and challenges have parallels with the rest of the third sector more generally.

Keywords:   social movements, networks, alliances, occupy

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