Research

Stigma Management Through Community Service Activism

Graduate Research Grants
Grant Year
2018-2019

Social movements play a crucial role in civic engagement and democratic processes. However, much of what we know about social movements comes from the study of movements reminiscent of the Civil Rights era. Comparatively, we know little about stigmatized, unsuccessful conservative movements. Certainly, we know very little about how organizations overcome stigma. To gain greater insight into the relationship between stigma and social movement mobilization, I propose to study Saoradh, an organization in Northern Ireland which has been stigmatized as a terrorist group. The goals of this project are to explain whether community service can mitigate stigma. Specifically, I will collect data through ethnographic and interview methods in Derry, Northern Ireland during the summer of 2019, examine the interactions between stigmatized activists and community members, and code & analyze data. The findings will have widespread theoretical implications within the study of social movements by testing the generalizability of social movements scholarship pre-suppositions on non-traditional movement organizations.

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