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Gregory M. Maney, Rachel V. Kutz-Flamenbaum, and Deana A. Rohlinger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672899

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672899.001.0001

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Local Strategies for Global Change: Working for Human Rights and Economic Empowerment in the Midwest

Local Strategies for Global Change: Working for Human Rights and Economic Empowerment in the Midwest

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(p.120) 6 Local Strategies for Global Change: Working for Human Rights and Economic Empowerment in the Midwest
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Strategies for Social Change
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Jackie Smith

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672899.003.0006

This chapter deals with the issue of why scholars have been such prominent actors in so many movements in history, as well as how their positions in society affect their roles and contributions to social movements. It presents a study on transnational activism in an effort to translate models of activism from the global political arena into a local context. The choice to identify as a scholar activist is part of a larger collective process of strategizing on how to better familiarize oneself with movements. Considering the dynamic process of learning, articulating, and adapting strategies, social movement scholars should not be asking whether or not engaged scholarship is a legitimate practice. Instead, scholars should ask the question of whether understanding, analyzing, and contributing to discourses about strategy is attainable without research designs.

Keywords:   social movement scholars, transnational activism, models of activism, social movements, research designs

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