Disengaging from political activism: A critical review of the literature

Published: Jan 31, 2024
political disengagement social movements activism demobilization
Marilena Simiti

The literature on political disengagement has proliferated since the global upsurge of mobilizations in late 2010. Studies show that disengagement is a highly dynamic process, shaped by the interaction of a multiplicity of factors at the micro-, meso- and macro-levels. The article reviews the principal factors related to disengagement, revealing their varied impact, the significance of agential factors and the context-specific nature of disengagement. Given the different forms and degrees of disengagement, scholars have begun to challenge strictly defined dichotomies such as engagement/disengagement. The article concludes by noting some blind spots in the literature and providing suggestions for future research.

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Marilena Simiti, University of Piraeus

Associate Professor of Political Sociology in the Department of International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus

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