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University of Iowa

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Spring 2008

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Argentina: Social Movements & Human Rights


The questions of how and why social movement actors develop and modify their strategies of contention have been the work of a significant amount of past political process theory work (Kurzman 1996;Kitschelt 1986; McAdam etc. all 1986). Although a correlation has been shown between Political Opportunity Structures and repertoire change (Kitschelt 1986), there is a lack of in depth qualitative research on these questions (Meyer 2004). In this paper I will attempt to help fill this void by using a case study of the recovered factory movement in Argentina. In this study I will begin by summarizing current academic research on POS and Repertoires of Collective Action. Then I will describe the history of the recovered factory movement in Argentina, moving to the POS in which it grew and how it in turn affected these POS. Finally, I will elaborate on the worker recovery of the Talleres Unión graphics factory, focusing on worker interpretation of opportunities. Using this data I will map the process of repertoire modification at Talleres Unión and develop a hypothesis that repertoire change occurs through a process of actor interpretation of internal movement organization and external opportunity structures.


Labor Relations | Latin American Studies


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