Citizenship and Social Movements by Lisa Thompson
Perspectives from the Global South (Claiming Citizenship: Rights, Participation, Accountability)

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Debates over social movements have suffered from a predominate focus on North America and western Europe, often neglecting the significance of collective action in the global South. Citizenship and Social Movements seeks to partially redress this imbalance with case studies from Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, South Africa and Nigeria. This volume points to the complex relationships that influence mobilization and social movements in the South, suggesting that previous theories have underplayed the influence of state power and elite dominance in the government and in NGOs. As the contributors to this book clearly show, understanding the role of the state in relation to social movements is critical to determining when collective action can fulfil the promise of bringing the rights of the marginalized to the fore.

About Lisa Thompson

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Lisa Thompson is acting director of the African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Chris Tapscott is Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Published April 4, 2013 by Zed Books. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference.

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