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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-05
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 without political power, can be observed in developing countries. The enhancement of the capability of movement leaders and making government reaction more tolerant have facilitated these movements.

In developing countries, the fundamental conditions of social movements are quite different from those in developed Western countries where students of social movements developed the major theories. In developing countries, the major incentives for social movements are often related to fundamental needs, unlike those observed in “post-industrial” societies.

Political systems in developing countries work differently from those in Western nations, even though they might look alike; the incentives and strategies of social movements for delivering people’s voices differ as well. This research project will identify the salient features of social movements in developing countries and hopefully contribute to the present theories of social movements.

Period

April 2006 - March 2008

Organizer

SHIGETOMI Shinichi

Members of the Research Project

SHIGETOMI Shinichi
MAKINO Kumiko
MURAYAMA Mayumi
MOCHIZUKI Katsuya
OTSUKA Kenji
USAMI Koichi
YONEMURA Akio
HATAYA Noriko (Associate Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University)

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