SPOTLIGHT: Urban social movements, citizen participation, and trust networks

  • Susan S. Fainstein


Urban social movements, whether on the left or the right of the political spectrum, typically share the aim of grass-roots empowerment and are, in Charles Tilly’s terms, trust networks. Their apogee in the United States and Western Europe occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. Subsequently their appearance has been episodic. So far they have not reversed the trend toward greater economic inequality that is structuring capitalist societies in the present epoch. Nevertheless, they have increased the level of democratic participation in governance, heightened environmental consciousness, and, in many places, produced higher levels of diversity and tolerance in social life.


Social Movement Capitalist Society Citizen Participation Trust Network Democratic Participation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of DesignHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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