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    How can we research social movements? An introduction

    Arribas Lozano, Alberto and Szolucha, Anna and Chattopadhyay, Sutapa and Cox, Laurence (2024) How can we research social movements? An introduction. Handbook of Research Methods and Applications for Social Movements. pp. 1-22. ISSN 9781803922010

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    This introductory chapter is written for beginning researchers, whether in movements or universities, for people from non-traditional academic backgrounds and non-native English speakers. We share some of our own complicated and messy routes to movement research. We also explain why researching social movements matters, and how it can genuinely help movements. This is the first methods handbook for movement researchers that takes a genuinely global perspective, rather than focussing on researchers and movements in the global North. Understanding movements means not being restricted to knowing about one movement or one academic discipline. The chapter introduces the book’s themes - the methodologies and politics of knowledge of movement research; different methods of data collection/analysis; and the uses of research for movements - followed by a chapter-by-chapter overview, highlighting the specific movements studied. The chapter concludes with reflections on the future of social movements research and a call for solidarity.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Engaged research; Social movements; Research methods; Social movement studies; Global research; Collective action;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 18047
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    Depositing User: Dr. Laurence Cox
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2024 14:49
    Journal or Publication Title: Handbook of Research Methods and Applications for Social Movements
    Publisher: Edward Elgar
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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