About the Social Movements Project

Participants in social movements create knowledge and theories about their own movements. Such movement-generated theory can be more relevant and useful for understanding contemporary movements than the theories generated by academics who position themselves outside of movements.

This project is a tool for conducting research with social movements -- centering knowledge created in and by the movements.

The first contributions to this project will be from students at Duke University who are collaborating on research projects that present web-based exhibits about particular movements. The foundation and process of their research will be dialogue with participants in the movements. Through communication with movement organizers, the exhibits on this website should be composed in movement-relevant ways, both for their own movements and for building relationships across different movements.