Activist Citizenship and the LGBT Movement in Serbia: by Robert Rhodes-Kubiak

By Robert Rhodes-Kubiak

Activist Citizenship and the LGBT circulation in Serbia explores methods of knowing activist events via an exploration of the theoretical inspiration of "activist citizenship" which pulls awareness to severe engagements with, and reclamations of, citizenship.

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Contemporary new social movement theory has thus sought to explore movements by reference to the cultural, social, and political context in which they emerge and develop (Zirakzadeh 1997). Theorists assume that somewhere in a societal or political climate there exists some kind of “fault line” (Crossley 2002, 151), and they seek to find the movements arising from that. Larana et al. (1994) argue that new social movement theory attempts to explore movement behavior in the context of societal and political transformations and looks for the “sites of struggle” that dominance and domination in 42 ● Activist Citizenship and the LGBT Movement in Serbia areas of life other than economics have generated.

They built on earlier notions of grievance but argued that collective action is a normal response made by rational actors in the face of these grievances and that grievances alone are not predictors of movements. Authors instead attempted to theorize how a grievance could be turned into collective action and placed particular emphasis on how resources are gathered, created and mobilized to seek change or redress. Oberschall (1973) is the earliest writer to explicitly and comprehensively theorize the importance of mobilizing resources in pursuit of shared goals.

Authorities can, for example, control access to mass media, which can affect the transmission of the messages of a movement. They can also seek to discredit a movement, thus removing its moral legitimacy in the eyes of other groups and potential supporters, linking to the moral resources that resource mobilization theorists such as Edwards and McCarthy (2007) outlined. Understanding Movements ● 37 Such processes can be identified in relation to LGBT movements in post-Communist Europe, as I will discuss particularly in Chapter 4, where these processes have been evident in countries such as Bulgaria.

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