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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter examines the ways in which studying gender and sexuality movements has influenced the study of social movements more generally. Feminist scholars have demonstrated how gender plays a central role in shaping the emergence, trajectory, and outcomes of movements. Dominant theoretical approaches in the field remain rooted in masculinist assumptions that narrowly define social movements and what counts as legitimate forms of protest. In contrast, studies of gender and sexuality movements have challenged political process and resource mobilization approaches by reconceptualizing power, the types of protest, tactics, and targets that count as legitimate and, in turn, the very definition of social movements and other forms of contentious politics. Our discussion demonstrates contributions significant to the body of research on collective identity, multi-institutional politics, and emotions. We highlight key concepts and theories from the fields of gender and sexuality that have entered the field of social movements.

Keywords: LGBT movement, gender and sexuality movements, feminist movement, emotions, multi-institutional politics, identity, discourse, social movement culture, culture and social movements

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