Presentation

Throughout history, collective action has been used by people trying to achieve (or sometimes prevent) social change. Examples of collective action are food riots in 17th century France, civil rights protests such as the women’s movement and the Mississippi Freedom project, the students’ movement, anti-road protests, nuclear waste resistance, and more recently collective actions such as the Arab Spring, anti-austerity protests in Greece, and, riots in London and Husby to name a few. A common feature of all these events (as most collective actions), are human rights.

Collective action can be conducted by a single person acting as a member of a group, for example signing a petition, or by a collective acting together in for example a rally. Research has mainly focused on predictors to engage in collective action, and the crowd event in itself. This is of course very interesting, but even more interesting, to me, is how participation in collective action affects the participants (both short term and long term). In sum, my research shows that participation in collective action is good for us.

 

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Publications

2017

Sara Vestergren, John Drury, Eva Hammar Chiriac

The biographical consequences of protest and activism: a systematic review and a new typology

In Social Movement Studies

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Simon Wessbo, Lina Rahm, Johan Forsell, Anna Martín-Bylund, Sara Vestergren

Editorial: Open issue

In , Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics

Article in journal

2015

Elina Mäki-Torkko, Sara Vestergren, Henrik Harder, Björn Lyxell

From isolation and dependence to autonomy - expectations before and experiences after cochlear implantation in adult cochlear implant users and their significant others

In Disability and Rehabilitation

Article in journal