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Moralizing Collective Action across Movements and Time: Morals and Group Identity as Motives for (De)Mobilization

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Group identity and its politicization play a key role in fostering collective action. According to the SIMCA and EMSICA models, group identification predicts collective action, either facilitating the experience of group efficacy and group-based injustice or mediating their effects on collective action.

Into those well-established models, recent researches have integrated a moral ideological path. That path has been meant variably, in terms of perceived moral obligation to act, opinions endorsed with the force of moral convictions, sets of moral concerns, or values that prescribe how the society should be. Several studies have shown that such a path can play as a unique individual-level predictor of collective action alongside the other group-level predictors. Among the group-level predictors, however, that moral ideological path has a particular link with politicized group identity, playing as an antecedent of it or as an outcome thereof.

The Research Topic will further investigate the link between identity, the moral ideological paths to collective action, and identity politicization. Such an investigation could deepen our understanding of two issues that still need a thorough examination: 1) how collective action may be rooted in culture-specific ideologies or narratives about the past and the present; 2) how the motivation to participate in collective action develops across time and contexts.
We encourage manuscripts that investigate; a) the network of identities individuals can rely on, whose salience is likely to vary across time and contexts, b) the trajectory of activism in ideologically different movements, reconstructing the consistency (or inconsistency) of mobilization (or de-mobilization).

We are interested in, but not limited to, manuscripts highlighting 1) the range of the moral ideological meanings associated with politicized and opinion-based identity in given historical socio-political contexts; 2) how identity - based collective action develops in terms of contents, aims, and the types of actions required across time; 3) the implications of inclusive and exclusive moral stances for collective.

Submissions may focus on one or more of the following issues:

Identity Contents and Aims:

- Movements based on ideological narratives of the past and/or of the present;
- Movements based on value-driven (dis)identification against outgroups
- Movements that promote reactionary vs. progressive social change
- Movements supporting vs. challenging the status quo

Development of Mobilization across Time

• Volatile vs. enduring mobilization
• Sudden vs. incremental insurgence (or disappearance) of mobilization
• Mobilization (or de-mobilization) in movements that have changed their contents and aims across time
• Mobilization (or de-mobilization) in movements that have changed the type of the action required across time (e.g., from moderate to radical action or vice versa; from conventional to non-conventional action or vice versa)

Original research papers employing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods are welcome.


Keywords: Morals, Identity Politicization, Opinion-based identity, Politicized Identify, Ideology, Collection Action, social movements, activism trajectories, cross-cultural mobilization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Group identity and its politicization play a key role in fostering collective action. According to the SIMCA and EMSICA models, group identification predicts collective action, either facilitating the experience of group efficacy and group-based injustice or mediating their effects on collective action.

Into those well-established models, recent researches have integrated a moral ideological path. That path has been meant variably, in terms of perceived moral obligation to act, opinions endorsed with the force of moral convictions, sets of moral concerns, or values that prescribe how the society should be. Several studies have shown that such a path can play as a unique individual-level predictor of collective action alongside the other group-level predictors. Among the group-level predictors, however, that moral ideological path has a particular link with politicized group identity, playing as an antecedent of it or as an outcome thereof.

The Research Topic will further investigate the link between identity, the moral ideological paths to collective action, and identity politicization. Such an investigation could deepen our understanding of two issues that still need a thorough examination: 1) how collective action may be rooted in culture-specific ideologies or narratives about the past and the present; 2) how the motivation to participate in collective action develops across time and contexts.
We encourage manuscripts that investigate; a) the network of identities individuals can rely on, whose salience is likely to vary across time and contexts, b) the trajectory of activism in ideologically different movements, reconstructing the consistency (or inconsistency) of mobilization (or de-mobilization).

We are interested in, but not limited to, manuscripts highlighting 1) the range of the moral ideological meanings associated with politicized and opinion-based identity in given historical socio-political contexts; 2) how identity - based collective action develops in terms of contents, aims, and the types of actions required across time; 3) the implications of inclusive and exclusive moral stances for collective.

Submissions may focus on one or more of the following issues:

Identity Contents and Aims:

- Movements based on ideological narratives of the past and/or of the present;
- Movements based on value-driven (dis)identification against outgroups
- Movements that promote reactionary vs. progressive social change
- Movements supporting vs. challenging the status quo

Development of Mobilization across Time

• Volatile vs. enduring mobilization
• Sudden vs. incremental insurgence (or disappearance) of mobilization
• Mobilization (or de-mobilization) in movements that have changed their contents and aims across time
• Mobilization (or de-mobilization) in movements that have changed the type of the action required across time (e.g., from moderate to radical action or vice versa; from conventional to non-conventional action or vice versa)

Original research papers employing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods are welcome.


Keywords: Morals, Identity Politicization, Opinion-based identity, Politicized Identify, Ideology, Collection Action, social movements, activism trajectories, cross-cultural mobilization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 June 2021 Abstract
01 October 2021 Manuscript

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01 October 2021 Manuscript

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