Social movements

Social movements express social, cultural, political or economic concerns locally, nationally or transnationally, and they are found in both democratic and repressive states. A variety of actors use social movements to champion a cause and direct, promote or resist change. This topic guide introduces some of the key literature and debates on social movements and collective action more broadly.

About this Topic Guide

This publication was written by Aditi Bhonagiri (Institute of Development Studies, UK). Its production was supported by the UK Government. GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Mariz Tadros (IDS), Roopa Hinton, Helen Barnes, Aislin Baker, Alexandra Maclean (DFID) and Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change).

Suggested citation

Bhonagiri, A. (2016). Social movements: Topic guide. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.