Visiting Fellow, Kroc Institute and the Center for Social Movements and Social Change
The success or decline of citizens’ movements for social change depends in large part on the availability and use of resources, including money, people, knowledge, and cultural traditions. For more than 30 years, social movement scholars have relied on a “resource mobilization” perspective to understand and interpret social movements. Drawing on his research on the World Social Forum, Scott Byrd proposes broadening the concept of “resourcing” and developing a new model -- one that allows for more dynamic understanding of the way social movements exercise power, build solidarity, and influence other organizations and institutions.
Scott Byrd is working on his dissertation in sociology at the University of California, Irvine, on transnational coalition building and the World Social Forum. The project examines the capacity of transnational gatherings to integrate and organize civil society and movement organizations at the global, regional, and local levels to incubate transnational movement processes.
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