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The women’s cause in a field: rethinking the architecture of collective protest in the era of movement institutionalization

Abstract : This article introduces the concept of women’s cause field, which refers to the relational structure of groups mostly devoted to the advancement of women in a variety of social settings, cutting across the line between civil society and political institutions. Unlike the women’s movement, the women’s cause field encompasses a set of both extra-institutional and intra-institutional mobilizing structures. This concept expands on scholarship on institutional activism, and on field and network theory. Beyond the case of the women’s movement, it provides a new framework – the notion of cause field – to capture the architecture of specialized collective protest in the era of movement institutionalization, distinct from, and complementary to, the concept of social movement.
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Laure Bereni. The women’s cause in a field: rethinking the architecture of collective protest in the era of movement institutionalization. Social Movement Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2021, Special Issue: Conceptualizing the Context of Collective Action: Field, Space, Arena, 20 (2), pp.208-223. ⟨10.1080/14742837.2019.1679107⟩. ⟨halshs-02324536⟩

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