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Fellow in Politics publishes new book on outsiders in social movements

4 October 2019

Other People’s Struggles by Fellow in Politics Dr Nicholas Owen is the first attempt in over 40 years to explain the place of “conscience constituents” in social movements. Conscience constituents are people who participate in a movement, but do not stand to benefit if it succeeds. Why do such people participate, when they do not stand to benefit? Why are they sometimes present and sometimes absent in social movements? Why and when is their participation welcome to those who do stand to benefit, and why and when is it not?

The work proposes an original theory to answer these questions, crossing disciplinary boundaries to draw on the findings of social psychology, philosophy, and political theory, in search of explanations of why people act altruistically and what it means to others when they do so. The theory is illustrated by examples from British history, including the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage and liberation movements, labor and socialist movements, anti-colonial movements, anti-poverty movements, and movements for global justice.

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front cover of 'Other People's Struggles' by Nicholas Owen