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Democracy in the MakingHow Activist Groups Form$
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Kathleen M. Blee

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199842766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842766.001.0001

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Theorizing the Emergence of Activism

Theorizing the Emergence of Activism

(p.27) Chapter 2 Theorizing the Emergence of Activism
Democracy in the Making

Kathleen M. Blee

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces a conceptual framework for tracing trajectories of action over time that draws on four scholarly literatures. From studies of workplace task teams in organizational psychology, it specifies how group-level phenomena matter in action trajectories. Concepts from cultural sociology are used to discern processes of meaning-making in groups. From path dependency theories, it includes ideas about the sequencing of action and from life course theories a way to identify turning points in action sequences. The chapter concludes by using this framework to analyze changes over time in an animal rights group.

Keywords:   task team, path dependency, sequence, turning point, collective intelligene, culture, meaning-making, life course analysis, animal rights

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