Publications

2019
Almeida, Paul. 2019. “Encroaching Threats and Twenty-First Century Social Movements”. University of California Press. Publisher's Version
Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization
Almeida, Paul. 2019. Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization. Berkeley: University of California Press. Publisher's Version Abstract
The work outlines the fundamental properties of social movements, including chapters focusing on: classification and methods of study; dominant and alternative theoretical frameworks; movement emergence; movement framing and messaging; individual recruitment/participation; movement outcomes/conditions associated with success; and social movement struggles in the global South as well as transnational movements.  The book emphasizes the critical role of joint action by ordinary people to confront major economic, political and environmental threats in the twenty-first century.  More specifically, Almeida examines how and when people mobilize against economic inequality, racism, environmental injustice, climate change, gender discrimination and other major issues and the likelihood of achieving desired social change.
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2018
Immigrant rights and social movements
Mora, Maria De Jesus, Rodolfo Rodriguez, Alejandro Zermeño, and Paul Almeida. 2018. “Immigrant rights and social movements”. Sociology Compass 12 (8):e12599. Abstract
The disciplinary fields of immigration and social movements have largely developed as two distinct subareas of sociology. Scholars contend that immigrant rights, compared to other movements, have been given less attention in social movement research. Studies of immigrant‐based movements in recent decades have reached a stage whereby we can now assess how immigrant movement scholarship informs the general social movement literature in several areas. In this article, we show the contributions of empirical
studies of immigrant movements in four primary arenas: (a) emergence; (b) participation; (c) framing; and (d) outcomes. Contemporary immigrant struggles offer social movement scholarship opportunities to incorporate these campaigns and enhance current theories and concepts as earlier protest waves advanced studies of collective action.
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Globalization and social movements
Almeida, Paul, and Chris Chase-Dunn. 2018. “Globalization and social movements”. Annual Review of Sociology 44:189–211. Publisher's Version Abstract
A growing body of scholarship acknowledges the increasing influence of global forces on social institutions and societies on multiple scales. We focus here on the role of globalization processes in shaping collective action and social movements. Three areas of global change and movements are examined: first, long-term global trends and collective action; second, research on national and local challenges to economic globalization, including backlash movements and the types of economic liberalization measures most associated with inducing oppositional movements; and third, the emergence of contemporary transnational social movements. In each of these arenas we address debates on diffusion, intervening mechanisms, and the outcomes of collective mobilization in response to global pressures.
The role of threat in collective action
Almeida, Paul D. 2018. “The role of threat in collective action”. Pp. 43–62 in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by D Snow, S Soule, H Kriesi, and H McCammon. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Publisher's Version
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2017
Movimientos sociales en America Latina
Almeida, Paul, and Allen Cordero Ulate. 2017. “Movimientos sociales en America Latina”. Pp. 13-26 in Movimientos Sociales en América Latina: Perspectivas, Tendencias y Casos, edited by Paul Almeida and Allen Codero Ulate. Buenos Aires: CLACSO.
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Exclusión y movimientos sociales en los Estados Unidos
Mora, Maria De Jesus, Alejandro Zermeño, Rodolfo Rodriguez, and Paul Almeida. 2017. “Exclusión y movimientos sociales en los Estados Unidos”. Pp. 641-669 in Movimientos sociales en America Latina Perspectivas, tendencias y casos, edited by Paul Almeida and Allen Cordero Ulate. Buenos Aires: CLACSO. Abstract
En este trabajo se estudian los movimientos sociales que luchan por la justicia social, racial, económica y ambiental en los Estados Unidos. El conocimiento sobre movimientos sociales define al campo como enfocado en los actores colectivos excluidos, que luchan por derechos, recursos y poder (Jenkins, 1985; McAdam, 1999; Piven, 2006; Tarrow, 2011). En este ensayo retomamos este tema originario en la investigación de la acción colectiva, al resaltar las principales formas de exclusión que conducen a la movilización popular a gran escala en Estados Unidos contemporáneo. La exclusión es, con frecuencia,
el punto de partida para la formación del movimiento social, aunque una indagación más específica de las estructuras institucionales que generan divisiones sociales contribuye a nuestra comprensión de la probabilidad de la aparición de resistencia colectiva. En este capítulo realizamos una clasificación más precisa de la exclusión (legal, ambiental,
económica y cultural) y de las respuestas consiguientes de los movimiento sociales.
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Movimientos Sociales en América Latina: Perspectivas, Tendencias y Casos
Almeida, Paul, and Allen Cordero Ulate, ed. 2017. Movimientos Sociales en América Latina: Perspectivas, Tendencias y Casos. Buenos Aires: CLACSO.
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Ritual demonstrations versus reactive protests: Participation across mobilizing contexts in Mexico City
Inclán, Marıa, and Paul D Almeida. 2017. “Ritual demonstrations versus reactive protests: Participation across mobilizing contexts in Mexico City”. Latin American Politics and Society 59 (4):47–74. Publisher's Version Abstract
Using an innovative survey of protest participants and nonparticipants from five major street demonstrations in Mexico City in 2011 and 2012, this study tests the assumption that influences on protest participation vary across different types of events; namely, ritual demonstrations and reactive protests. The comparison is based on two assumptions: that these are two of the dominant forms of protest in contemporary Latin America, and that specifying the context for different types of social movement participation provides a better understanding of the individual mobilization process for groups seeking to defend their rights or gain new benefits. The comparative analyses reveal some crucial differences. Political interest and previous political experience are more influential in the decision to take part in reactive demonstrations. For ritual demonstrations, the decision to participate tends to be driven more by personal and organizational connections.
2016
The Sociology of Development Handbook
Hooks, Greg, et al., ed. 2016. The Sociology of Development Handbook. Berkeley: University of California Press. Publisher's Version Abstract

The Sociology of Development Handbook gathers essays that reflect the range of debates in development sociology and in the interdisciplinary study and practice of development. The essays address the pressing intellectual challenges of today, including internal and international migration, transformation of political regimes, globalization, changes in household and family formations, gender dynamics, technological change, population and economic growth, environmental sustainability, peace and war, and the production and reproduction of social and economic inequality.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Manifesto for the Sociology of Development - Samuel Cohn and Gregory Hooks

I. EXPLAINING DEVELOPMENT: SOCIOLOGICAL INSIGHTS

1. Engendering Development: The Evolution of a Field of Research - Valentine M. Moghadam
2. Population and Development - Laszlo J. Kulcsar
3. Strengthening the Ties between Environmental Sociology and Sociology of Development - Jennifer E. Givens, Brett Clark, and Andrew K. Jorgenson
4. The Sources of Socioeconomic Development - Adam Szirmai

II. HUMAN CAPABILITIES: INSTITUTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

5. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Global North and Global South - Jeffrey T. Jackson, Kirsten Dellinger, Kathryn McKee, and Annette Trefzer
6. Magic Potion/Poison Potion: The Impact of Women’s Economic Empowerment versus Disempowerment for Development in a Globalized World - Rae Lesser Blumberg
7. Land Use and the Great Acceleration in Human Activities: Political and Economic Dynamics - Thomas K. Rudel
8. Age Structure and Development: Beyond Malthus - David L. Brown and Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue
9. Development, Demographic Processes, and Public Health - Joshua Stroud, Philip Anglewicz, and Mark VanLandingham
10. Education and Development - David B. Bills

III. DEVELOPMENT DYNAMICS: SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL ACCOUNTS

11. The Sociology of Subnational Development: Conceptual and Empirical Foundations - Linda Lobao 12. Sociological Perspectives on Uneven Development: The Making of Regions - Ann R. Tickamyer and Anouk Patel-Campillo
13. Migration and Development: Virtuous and Vicious Cycles - Sara R. Curran
14. Tertiary Education and Development: Strategies of Global South Countries to Meet Growing Tertiary Demand - Mary M. Kritz
15. Migrant Networks, Immigrant and Ethnic Economies, and Destination Development - Kim Korinek and Peter Loebach

IV. BUILDING STATES AND FAILING STATES: DEVELOPMENT TRIUMPHS AND DISASTERS

16. The State and Development - Samuel Cohn
17. Women, Democracy, and the State - Kathleen M. Fallon and Jocelyn Viterna
18. War and Development: Questions, Answers, and Prospects for the Twenty-first Century - Gregory Hooks
19. Neoliberalism, the Origins of the Global Crisis, and the Future of States - Richard Lachmann
20. Crisis and the Rise of China - Ho-fung Hung
21. Conflict and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa - Zoe Marriage
22. Social Movements and Economic Development - Paul Almeida

V. GLOBAL COMPLEXITIES AND LOCAL CONTEXTS: NEW PARADIGMS FOR EXPLAINING DEVELOPMENT

23. Globalization and Development - Nina Bandelj and Elizabeth Sowers
24. Transitions to Capitalisms: Past and Present - Rebecca Jean Emigh
25. Quantitative Growth and Economic Development through History - Rosemary L. Hopcroft
26. The Great Divergence: Why Did Industrial Capitalism Emerge in Europe, Not China? - Dingxin Zhao
27. Global Commodity Chains and Development - Jennifer Bair and Matthew Mahutga

 

Neoliberalismo y movimientos populares en Centroamérica

Luego de seis años en los que la obra de Paul Almeida, Olas de movilización popular, ha estado contribuyendo al estudio de los movimientos sociales salvadoreños, UCA Editores publica otra investigación suya: Neoliberalismo y movimientos populares en Centroamérica. En su versión inglesa, fue premiada en 2015 (Distinguished Scholarship Award - Pacific Sociolgical Association) y en 2016 (Honorable Mention por la American Sociological Association - Sociology of Development Section).

Almeida Analiza en este libro las luchas populares en el istmo, entendidas como "campañas de protesta", las cuales se han enfilado en las últimas décadas en contra de los cambios económicos ligados a la globalización neoliberal (privatizaciones, libre comercio, incremento de precios, etc.). A diferencia de las movilizaciones colectivas de largo plazo, las campañas de protesta se enfocan en políticas particulares, su movilización suele ser efímera y, por lo general, tienden a ser menos espontáneas que los disturbios porque implican, de parte de los actores involucrados, un cálculo de medios y estrategias.

Asociaciones laborales, grupos de mujeres, indígenas, partidos de opsocisión, movimientos estudiantiles y de maestros, ONG, entre muchos otros, son los sujetos principales del libro. En ocho capítulos, el autor estudia no solo el caso de cada país centroamericano, sino también examina, de manera comparativa, las coaliciones y las alianzas multisectoriales entre aquellos actores, cuyas formas de resistencia además de ser pacíficas, en ocasiones se han tornado disructivas con el sistema hegemónico.

 

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Social Movements and Economic Development
Almeida, Paul. 2016. “Social Movements and Economic Development”. Pp. 528-550 in The Sociology of Development Handbook, edited by Greg Hooks. Berkeley: University of California Press.
2015
Handbook of social movements across Latin america
Almeida, Paul, and Allen Cordero Ulate, ed. 2015. Handbook of social movements across Latin america. New York: Springer. Publisher's Version Abstract
This handbook covers social movement activities in Latin American countries that have had profound consequences on the political culture of the region. It examines the developments of the past twenty years, such as a renewed upswing in popular mobilization, the ending of violent conflicts and military governments, new struggles and a relatively more democratic climate. It shows that, from southern Chiapas to Argentina, social movements in the 1990s and especially in the 2000s, have reached new heights of popular participation. There is a lack of research on the politics of this region in the contemporary era of globalization, this volume partially fills the void and offers a rich resource to students, scholars and the general public in terms of understanding the politics of mass mobilization in the early twenty-first century. The contributors each address social movement activity in their own nation and together they present a multidisciplinary perspective on the topic. Each chapter uses a case study design to bring out the most prominent attributes of the particular social struggle(s), for instance the main protagonists in the campaigns, the grievances of the population and the outcomes of the struggles. This Handbook is divided into seven substantive themes, providing overall coherence to a broad range of social conflicts across countries, issues and social groups. These themes include: 1) theory of Latin American social movements; 2) neoliberalism; 3) indigenous struggles; 4) women’s movements; 5) movements and the State; 6) environmental movements; and 7) transnational mobilizations.
Democratization and the Revitalization of Popular Movements in Central America
Almeida, Paul D. 2015. “Democratization and the Revitalization of Popular Movements in Central America”. Pp. 166-185 in Social Movements in Times of Democratic Transition, edited by Bert Klandermans and Cornelius Van Stralen. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Publisher's Version
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Neoliberal Forms of Capital and the Rise of Social Movement Partysim in Central America.
Almeida, Paul. 2015. “Neoliberal Forms of Capital and the Rise of Social Movement Partysim in Central America.”. Journal of World Systems Research 21 (1):8-24. Publisher's Version Abstract
Historical shifts in global economic formations shape the strategies of resistance movements in the global South. Neoliberal forms of economic development over the past thirty years in Central America have weakened traditional actors sponsoring popular mobilization such as labor unions and rural cooperatives. At the same time, the free market reforms produced new threats to economic livelihood and well-being throughout the region. The neoliberal measures that have generated the greatest levels of mass discontent include rising prices, privatization, labor flexibility laws, mining projects, and free trade. This article analyzes the role of emerging anti-neoliberal political parties in alliance with popular movements in Central America. Countries with already existing strong anti-systemic parties in the initial phases of the global turn to neoliberalism in the late twentieth century resulted in more efficacious manifestations of social movement partyism in the twenty-first century resisting free market globalization.
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Unintended Consequences of State-Led Development: A Theory of Mobilized Opposition to Neoliberalism
The mass mobilizations against neoliberal reforms are rooted in the weakening of the state-led development model and the erosion of social citizenship rights. At the same time, infrastructures created by the developmental state provide the organizational capacity to resist market-driven globalization. The study develops a conceptual framework for understanding the major arenas of state-led development in the twentieth century in relation to the infrastructures and organizations that mobilize social movement campaigns against neoliberalism in the twenty-first century. Special attention is given to public education, health care, public utilities, state subsidies, and transportation networks as laying the foundation for civil society's ability to collectively defend social protections granted in the preglobalization era in the global South.
The role of threats in popular mobilization in Central America
Almeida, Paul D. 2015. “The role of threats in popular mobilization in Central America”. Pp. 115–136 in Social Movement Dynamics: New Perspectives on Theory and Research from Latin America, edited by Federico Rossi and Marissa Von Bulow. London: Ashgate. Publisher's Version
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Social Movements Across Latin America
Almeida, Paul, and Allen Cordero Ulate. 2015. “Social Movements Across Latin America”. Pp. 3–10 in Handbook of Social Movements across Latin America, edited by Paul D Almeida and Allen Cordero Ulate. Springer.
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2014
Almeida, Paul. 2014. “Mobilizing Democracy: from Dictatorship to Neoliberalism”. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest
Almeida, Paul. 2014. Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Publisher's Version Abstract

Paul Almeida’s comparative study of the largest social movement campaigns that existed between 1980 and 2013 in every Central American country (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) provides a granular examination of the forces that spark mass mobilizations against state economic policy, whether those factors are electricity rate hikes or water and health care privatization. Many scholars have explained connections between global economic changes and local economic conditions, but most of the research has remained at the macro level. Mobilizing Democracy contributes to our knowledge about the protest groups "on the ground" and what makes some localities successful at mobilizing and others less successful. His work enhances our understanding of what ingredients contribute to effective protest movements as well as how multiple protagonists—labor unions, students, teachers, indigenous groups, nongovernmental organizations, women’s groups, environmental organizations, and oppositional political parties—coalesce to make protest more likely to win major concessions.

Based on extensive field research, archival data of thousands of protest events, and interviews with dozens of Central American activists, Mobilizing Democracy brings the international consequences of privatization, trade liberalization, and welfare-state downsizing in the global South into focus and shows how persistent activism and network building are reactivated in these social movements. Almeida enables our comprehension of global and local politics and policy by answering the question, "If all politics is local, then how do the politics of globalization manifest themselves?" Detailed graphs and maps provide a synthesis of the quantitative and qualitative data in this important study. Written in clear, accessible prose, this book will be invaluable for students and scholars in the fields of political science, social movements, anthropology, Latin American studies, and labor studies.

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