Changing Theory, Theorizing Change

Chiasmus [kai-as-mooose] is a blog dedicated to talking about theories of social change, and finding ways to bring these theories to bear more effectively on social change movements. The #Occupy movement, a worldwide phenomenon, provides a point of focus to think through the barriers to and possibilities of sustaining movements for radical social change.

We will be posting our thoughts, but also calling for guest bloggers and hope to generate a rich dialogue among contributors.

Labor Movements

Labor movements in the US and around the world have been at the center of progressive social change for many generations. In the US, without labor union struggles we would have no child labor laws, no worker safety and worker compensation laws, no unemployment insurance, no social security, no Medicare, and far less social justice across an array of issues.

Glossary of Terms Used to Study Social Movements

The purpose of this glossary is to provide a basic vocabulary of terms used in studying social movements. Like all key concepts, the terms listed here are open to multiple interpretations and occur in significant variations. Thus, these particular definitions are not intended to be the last word, but rather a beginning point for further elaboration.

Collective Behavior Theory.

Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements

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Key Organizations And Activist Sites

Indigenous Peoples / Native American Activism

Historical and Contemporary Resource Sites

Civil Rights Movements

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  • Black Lives Matter Touched off by a wave of high profile cases of racially motivated police violence, this vital current movement is raising a host of related civil rights issues around racially biased incarceration rates, the violence of poverty and ongoing structural racisms at all levels of society.
  • Civil Rights Movement Culture: History and Legacy

    Environmental Movements

    The modern environmental movement has grown and changed in a number of ways since its (re)emergence in the 1960s and 1970s. Key to those changes have been ever more sophisticated understandings of the ways in which environmental issues and social issues are inextricably intertwined.

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