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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-17
Social Movements and Popular Political Participation in Developing Countries

Outline

A growing number of social movements, which hope to participate in the formal political process thorough the organized and continuous mobilization of people who lack political power, can be observed in developing countries. The capability enhancement of movement leaders and more tolerant attitudes adopted by governments have facilitated these movements. In developing countries, the fundamental conditions faced by social movements are quite different from those in developed Western countries where many of the social movements theories have been developed.. In developing countries, the major incentives of social movements are often related to fundamental needs, rather than those observed in "post-industrial" societies. Their political systems may resemble those of Western nations, but they work differently; the incentives and strategies of social movements for transmitting people's voices differ as well. This research project will identify the salient feature of social movements in developing countries in order to contribute to the present social movements theories.

Period

April 2006 - March 2008

Organizer

SHIGETOMI Shinichi

Members of the Research Project

SHIGETOMI Shinichi
MAKINO Kumiko
MURAYAMA Mayumi
MOCHIZUKI Katsuya
OTSUKA Kenji
HATAYA Noriko (Professor, Sophia University)

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