By Robert Rhodes-Kubiak
Activist Citizenship and the LGBT circulate in Serbia explores methods of realizing activist events via an exploration of the theoretical notion of "activist citizenship" which pulls realization to severe engagements with, and reclamations of, citizenship.
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Therefore, looking at shifting patterns of political opportunities and constraints can help to understand the ebbs and flows of social movements (Gamson and Meyer 1996). Political process and political opportunity structure approaches are useful in understanding how and why social movements emerge, develop, and operate in particular ways at different times. This approach importantly emphasizes the ways in which a social movement is affected by and seeks to affect wider political opportunities and processes.
They built on earlier notions of grievance but argued that collective action is a normal response made by rational actors in the face of these grievances and that grievances alone are not predictors of movements. Authors instead attempted to theorize how a grievance could be turned into collective action and placed particular emphasis on how resources are gathered, created and mobilized to seek change or redress. Oberschall (1973) is the earliest writer to explicitly and comprehensively theorize the importance of mobilizing resources in pursuit of shared goals.
In this chapter, I will move this debate forward a step and argue that citizenship is an important analytical bridge to further explore these issues. Consequently, I will use this chapter to explore current understandings of citizenship, particularly critiquing analyses of citizenship that engage normatively in understanding what constitutes a citizen, and parameters of ascription, inclusion, and exclusion. ” As social movements also undertake active, critical engagements, it is here that we can identify a bridge between social movement studies and citizenship.