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Transnational social movements and changing organizational fields in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries

Smith, J and Plummer, S and Hughes, MM (2017) Transnational social movements and changing organizational fields in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Global Networks, 17 (1). 3 - 22. ISSN 1470-2266

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Abstract

© 2016 The Author(s) Global Networks © 2016 Global Networks Partnership & John Wiley & Sons Ltd Recent decades have seen dramatic changes in the global political arena, including shifts in geopolitical arrangements, increases in popular mobilization and contestation over the direction of globalization, and efforts by elites to channel or curb popular opposition. We explore how these factors affect changes in global politics. Organizational populations are shaped by ongoing interactions among civil-society, corporate and governmental actors operating at multiple levels. During the 1990s and 2000s, corporate and government actors promoted the ‘neoliberalization of civil society’ and the appropriation of movement concepts and practices to support elite interests. Not all movement actors have been passive witnesses to this process: they have engaged in intense internal debates, and they have adapted their organizational strategies to advance social transformation. This article draws from quantitative research on the population of transnational social movement organizations (TSMOs) and on qualitative research on contemporary transnational activism to describe changes in transnational organizing at a time of growing contention in world politics. We show how interactions among global actors have shaped new, hybrid organizational forms and spaces that include actors other than states in influential roles.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Smith, Jjgsmith@pitt.eduJGSMITH0000-0002-4808-0391
Plummer, S
Hughes, MM
Date: 1 January 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Global Networks
Volume: 17
Number: 1
Page Range: 3 - 22
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/glob.12152
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1470-2266
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 14:15
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2020 04:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/38698

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