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Other People's Struggles: Outsiders in Social Movements

Nicholas Owen


Other People’s Struggles is the first attempt in over forty years to explain the place of “conscience constituents” in social movements. Conscience constituents are people who participate in a movement but do not stand to benefit if it succeeds. Why do such people participate when they do not stand to benefit? Why are they sometimes present and sometimes absent in social movements? Why and when is their participation welcome to those who do stand to benefit, and why and when is it not? The work proposes an original theory to answer these questions, crossing discipline boundaries to draw on the ... More

Keywords: conscience constituent, altruism, adherent, ally, solidarity, social movements, social movement theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190945862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190945862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Owen, author
Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford