Social Theory and Practice

Volume 47, Issue 2, April 2021

Aaron J. Yarmel
Pages 425-449

On Choosing Where to Stand
Selecting a Social Movement Approach

When selecting approaches to pursuing social change, activists commonly evaluate the merits of individual approaches without considering the distributions of approaches already in their movements. This is a problem. I argue, from both general considerations about the division of cognitive labor and empirical evidence from sociology, that some distributions of approaches are better for movements than others and that activists can and should change these distributions for the better rather than for the worse.