Collective Behavior & Social Movements

Critical Mass is the newsletter of the Section of Collective Behavior and Social Movements. The current editors are Daniel McClymonds and Stacy Williams. Please send all your ideas, feedback, and submissions to cbsmnews@gmail.com.

Critical Mass, Vol 45 (1)

The Spring 2020 edition of the Critical Mass Bulletin is out, and features rich original analyses, reports, and more. Get your PDF copy here: http://cbsm-asa.org/wp-admin/upload.php?item=1089

You can also find content from the 45-1 issue of Critical Mass Bulletin in the posted articles immediately following this one.

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Jobs, talks, PhD, and other opportunities

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Highlight your accomplishments for the job market!

Are you going on the sociology job market this year? Do you have students who are going on the market? The CBSM Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is publishing a special issue of Critical Mass to highlight the accomplishments of junior social movements scholars. The issue will be published in early August.

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Recent Publications

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New Books

Dromi, Shai M. 2020. Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press (https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/A/bo46479924.html)

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Chair's Message

Tina Fetner, CBSM Section Chair, Professor of Sociology, McMaster University

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In the face of an ongoing global pandemic, the ASA 2020 annual meeting has been cancelled. What to do in its wake is an open question. The ASA has been contacting presenters with options to participate in an online meeting; I’m sure you have received their email. They encourage each of us to make our own choices about whether they have the capacity to develop and deliver a presentation. 

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The 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act in India

by Mangala Subramaniam, Purdue University

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Past scholarship in social movements conceptualize democracies and dictatorships as a binary. This dichotomous view of political regimes limits our understanding of the ways in which states respond to challengers, and how democracies can adopt repressive measures that work to concentrate power within the government. India’s passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and its response to the resulting protests, shows the need to reconceptualize the state to consider how the concentration of power—even within multi-party democracies—can enable repression and violence of protestors.

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