This book presents an overview of new approaches to the study of social movements emerging out of Latin America, based on original and innovative analyses of the recent changes in collective action across the region. Over the past decade, new repertoires of contention have emerged in parallel to changes in the configuration of actors, in previously established patterns of relationship between social movements and political institutions, and in the shapes of collaborative networks, both domestic and transnational. The authors analyze a broad set of countries and social movements, while focusing on three key theoretical debates: the interactions between routine and contentious politics, the relationship between protest and context, and the organizational configurations of social movements. The research agenda put forward by this book is neither defined nor restricted by geographical boundaries, even though the chapters are based on field research undertaken in Latin America. In doing so, this volume contributes to a still underdeveloped dialogue in theory-building in social movement studies, among scholars from the South and from the North, as well as among scholars specialized in different regions.

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

Introduction: Theory-Building Beyond Borders

ByFederico M. Rossi, Marisa von Bülow

part Part I|90 pages

Beyond Contentious Versus Routine Politics

chapter Chapter 2|28 pages

Conceptualizing Strategy Making in a Historical and Collective Perspective

ByFederico M. Rossi

chapter Chapter 4|30 pages

Institutional Activism: Mobilizing for Women's Health From Inside the Brazilian Bureaucracy

ByRebecca Neaera Abers, Luciana Tatagiba

part Part II|52 pages

The Politics and Economics of Protests

chapter Chapter 5|22 pages

The Role of Threats in Popular Mobilization in Central America

ByPaul D. Almeida

chapter Chapter 6|28 pages

Eventful Temporality and the Unintended Outcomes of Mexico's Earthquake Victims Movement 1

ByLigia Tavera Fenollosa

part Part III|58 pages

Brokerage and Coalition Formation

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

Institutionalized Brokers and Collective Actors: Different Types, Similar Challenges

ByAdrian Gurza Lavalle, Marisa von Bülow

part |16 pages


chapter Chapter 9|14 pages

Weaving Social Movements Back In

ByMargaret E. Keck