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Lecture 11

45-211 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Glocalization, Social Movement, Social Capital

Political Science
Course Code
POLS 2110
Cheryl Collier

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Lecture 11
Formal vs. Informal Politics
Class outline
Finish Third Wave
Scope of Social Movement Political Activism
oState vs. Non-state focused activism
Formal Politics De%nition
Informal Politics De%nition
Bene%ts and drawbacks
Third Wave Activism – Canada
Decline of large-scale group action in Canada – end of NAC
Activism is smaller-scale and often issue oriented
More local level grassroots activism and at the global level –
oCanadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)
works to hold Cdn governments to follow CEDAW goals
Less tangible than in the second wave
Canadian women’s movement more inclusive of diversity (sexual
orientation, class, race, minorities – Quebec, Aboriginals,
Immigrants – age, ability, location, etc)
Liberal feminist goals continue – presence of Equal Voice to get
more women elected, and LEAF – the Women’s Legal Education
and Action Fund – to work for equality through the courts
Low Point of the wave?
Newman and White suggest we are now in a “period of latency”
marked by “abeyance” where movements “sustain themselves in
unreceptive political contexts” (85)
The women’s movement in Canada is in a state of retrenchment,
maintaining a voice for women… but not as strong as in the past
The scope of social movement political activism
Women’s involvement in “politics”
oSocial movement activism
Di9erent types
oCan work inside and outside of state structures
State vs. Non-state focused activism
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