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dc.contributor.advisorSchwartz, Michael;en_US
dc.contributor.authorEsparza, Louis Edgaren_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Sociologyen_US
dc.description.abstractActivists who become involved in radical politics often put themselves in dangerous situations to achieve objectives that seem highly improbable. More often than not, their efforts are thwarted, yet many activists keep trying. How does one sustain the vision that drives high-risk activists over the long-term in the face of such resistance to change? Using interviews with grassroots human rights activists in Bogota, Colombia, this dissertation explores theories of high-risk political behavior. It argues that the analysis of processes of coming to engage in high-risk activism lends robust insights into what makes a person decide to participate in high-risk activism. This shift in focus explains the contradictory results in studies that focus on identity, demographic variables, social networks, ideological beliefs, or biographical availability.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of Sociology. Lawrence Martin (Dean of Graduate School).en_US
dc.formatElectronic Resourceen_US
dc.publisherThe Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSociology, Social Structure and Developmenten_US
dc.subject.otherColombia, Grassroots, Human Rights, Labor Movements, Latin America, Social Movementsen_US
dc.titleGrassroots Human Rights Activism in Contemporary Colombiaen_US
dc.description.advisorAdvisor(s): Michael Schwartz. Committee Member(s): John Shandra; Naomi Rosenthal; Jeff Goodwin.en_US
dc.embargo.period2 Yearsen_US

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