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Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements

The Centre brings together work on a variety of contemporary forms of social and political movements and collective action

The study of social and political movements at Kent has a long and distinguished history, beginning with Frank Parkin’s work on middle-class radicalism and the peace movement, and Krishan Kumar’s work on revolutions.

Since the centre was established in 1992, it has continued to bring together work on a variety of contemporary forms of social and political movements and collective action, with some emphasis upon environmental movements.

The centre was a founding member of the ERASMUS network ‘Social movements, conflicts and political action’, a connection which offers the possibility of exchanges with several European centres of social movement research. Other links have been developed with the Social Science Research Centre in Berlin (WZB), the Centre d’Etude des Mouvements Sociaux in Paris, and through active participation in the European Consortium for Political Research and the Research Committees of the ISA and ESA.

The centre’s approach to research is methodologically pluralistic and interdisciplinary, and we do not exclude any topic that can be construed as relevant to the study of social and political movements.

We seek to build on an existing concentration of strength that is unique in the UK.