November 2011
Canadian Journal of Latin American & Caribbean Studies (Canadian;2011, Vol. 36 Issue 72, p199
Academic Journal
This article focuses on two basic aspects of theories of social movements. The first involves the analytical paradigms that guide these theories, emphasizing the concepts and categories used. It explores the authors who built the classical theories and staked out the field of study known as the Sociology of Social Movements. Second, the article provides an overview of contemporary approaches to social movements and their theoretical and methodological support, especially in Latin America. Starting with a brief scenario of social movements in Latin American countries, it highlights the theoretical approaches used in the analysis of these movements. It also systematizes the approaches into six themes: cultural factors, social justice, resistance, colonized knowledge, the institutional aspects of collective action, and the repoliticization of protest movements and transnational social networks of communication.


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