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Fragmentation of the collective action space: The animal rights movement in Poland
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2179-4981
2012 (English)In: East European Politics, ISSN 2159-9165, E-ISSN 2159-9173, Vol. 28, no 4, 353-370 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Poland, legacies of the communist past interact with contemporary domestic opportunity structures, conditioning and shaping the forms of action of the country's animal rights movement. The resulting ‘NGO-isation’ of civil society impedes effective collective action, with animal rights activists' engagement channelled towards ‘animal charity’ and service provision rather than more political strategies or disruptive forms of protest. Faced with an unfavourable political opportunity structure, the Polish animal rights movement has, moreover, opted for judicial activism and education instead of politics to achieve its ends. To understand the organisational fragmentation of the ‘collective action space’, the article suggests, the notion of ‘opportunity structures’ must be broadened to capture how the interplay between different types of opportunity structures affects action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 28, no 4, 353-370 p.
Keyword [en]
animal rights movement, civil society collective action space, Poland, post-communist
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Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-17427DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2012.720570Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84879526727Local ID: 1751/42/2008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-17427DiVA: diva2:573896
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Nationella mobiliseringsstrategier och transnationellt nätverkande: Sociala rörelser i Öst och VästInstitutionella begränsningar och kreativa lösningar: Civilsamhället i Polen i jämförande perspektiv
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1751/42/2008Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1706
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Jacobsson, K. & Saxonberg, S. (red.) (2015). Social movements in post-communist Europe and Russia. Abingdon: Routledge.  ISBN: 1138784362

Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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