February 6 2013
Resources Mobilization Theory
− access to elites
− contrast to the 60s --> came in early 70s
Criticisms of Resources Mobilization theory
Can RMT provide explanations for all types of social movements?
One criticism suggests that RMT deals well with movements of affluence but
neglects movements of crisis. E.g. the larger claim is made that RMT is
profoundly based on the experience of American social movements with an
emphasis on resources, organizations, and political alliances.
Framework emphasizes resources
1960s gang busters
American social movements --> is it universal?
◦ Content specific to USA?
Moving to Canada – may not be relevant
◦ fits the USA political system
◦ not necessarily cross comparison
resources: capital, social networking .... ext
◦ access to capital is a great leveler?
Where does the larger impact of democratic expectations and entrepreneurial
approaches of the US polity factor in … and thus RMT becomes less applicable in
an international context?
Does a certain political culture need to be in place?
Product of the environment where individuals understand their s