Generative Mobilization: Appreciative Social Movements

Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation

ISBN: 9781848554887, eISBN: 978-1-78190-330-8

ISSN: 1475-9152

Publication date: 5 December 2013

Abstract

Social movements can create profound change in social systems. These movements are often, however, based on grievances and use contentious strategies to achieve their objectives. This study examines two movements that were started using Appreciative Inquiry. These “appreciative movements” are contrasted with a typical, grievance-based social movement. Five attributes of appreciative social movements are proposed, and contrasted with contentious social movements. Appreciative movements are based on aspirations, not grievances; collective responsibility, not blame; use of instead of conflict with existing social structures; collaborative instead of contentious methods of change; and co-optation by the mobilized instead of by elites. These attributes show the possibility from positive forms of mass mobilization, and highlight the potential impact from integrating research and practice on social movements and Appreciative Inquiry.

Citation

Boland, B. (2013), "Generative Mobilization: Appreciative Social Movements", Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 377-390. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1475-9152(2013)0000004015

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