Almeida, Paul. Forthcoming. “Climate Change and Climate Justice Movements”. in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Social Movements, edited by David Snow, Donatella Della Porta, and Doug McAdam. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell 2nd Ed.
Almeida, Paul. 2020. “USA-Country Report”. Pp. 247-253 in Protest for a future II: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 20-27 September, 2019, in 19 cities around the world, edited by Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag, and Michiel De Vydt. Stockholm: Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development.
de Moor, Joost, et al. 2020. “Introduction: Fridays For Future - an expanding climate movement”. Pp. 6-33 in Protest for a future II: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 20-27 September, 2019, in 19 cities around the world, edited by Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag, and Michiel De Vydt. Stockholm: Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.