So, off-and-on I’ve been a “member” or “participant” in various social movement organisations. I take a Marxist approach, mostly. That is, Groucho Marx, especially the bit where he said “I don’t want to be a member of any club that would have me as a member.”
Below is a glossary (inevitably) of terms and a couple of books that you might find useful, but first, a video I did (with the help of a good friend) in 2010 about how little traction climate activists get, and why that isn’t surprising.
Three very cool books
Blee, K. 2012.Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Louis, D. 1972/1997 And we are not saved: a history of the movement as people. The Press at Water’s Edge
Staggenborg, S. 2015. Social Movements. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Fiction: Vida, Local Deities, Mud, Death is Part of the Process, etc – see review here.
My fiction – “The Defiant Ones” – an academic and an activist chained together, on the run…
Other glossary terms here (some/all will be integrated).
Corporate Opportunity Structures
Cycles of protest
Emotions (in Social Movements)
Issue attention cycles
Law of Two Feet
Legitimate Peripheral Participation
Movement Action Plan
No-one ever is to blame
Sage on the Stage
Sensitise the elite decision-makers
Significant Life Experiences
Single Point of Failure
Social Movement Ecosystems
Social Movement Learning
Social Movement Marketplace
“Study the Rich”
Transactive Memory Systems
Tyranny of Stucturelessness