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date: 21 November 2019

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We know little about the mechanisms governing the decline of social movements and the varied forms of individual or collective demobilization that prompt this decline or end it. Yet, the logical counterpart of the initial recruitment and mobilization processes is clearly collective demobilization and individual disengagement. In this chapter we start by discussing a plurality of phenomena ranging from individual disengagement to collective demobilization. We then turn to the related questions of the biographical consequences of commitment and of analysis of activist careers in a life-course perspective. We conclude by exploring some avenues for future research.

Keywords: demobilization, activism, disengagement, life course sociology, cycles of mobilization, careers, interactionism, life history calendars, sequence analysis

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