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Macomber, Kristine Claire (2012) – Men as Allies – Mobilizing Men to End Violence Against Women

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Sociological theorizing on social movements has identified key processes in social movements, such as mobilization strategies, alliance building, and identity construction. Little attention, however, has been paid to how these key processes play out in ally movements specifically, where dominant group members are mobilized as allies to minority group members. In this study, I examine the recent efforts to mobilize men as allies in the movement to end men’s violence against women—a historically women-led movement.

Data from participant observation of men’s anti-violence work, in-depth interviews with 31 activists, and archival data are used to develop an analysis of the micro-politics of mobilizing men in a gender-based movement. I argue that power differentials between women and men impacted three key movement processes: men’s mobilization within the movement, confronting inequality and privilege internally, and ally identity construction. My research indicates that, although beneficial in some ways, efforts to mobilize men as allies inadvertently led to the reproduction of gender inequality. My findings also point to the need for more theoretical and empirical attention to how social movements mobilize dominant group members as allies.


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Macomber, Kristine Claire2012. “Men as Allies: Mobilizing Men to End Violence Against Women.” PhD dissertation, Department of Sociology, North Carolina State University.

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