"Patterns of Protest carefully investigates various dimensions of political activists' lives, including the duration of their engagement, the strength of their activist identities, and the significance of social interactions within the social movement organizations."—Marguerite G. Rosenthal, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
"The book is necessary reading for scholars who are interested in understanding what motivates entry into and exit from social activism. Corrigall-Brown's work will hopefully encourage a wave of new research that analytically demarcates and empirically evaluates the nuances of involvement as people engage in various challenges to the powers that be." — Kraig Beyerlein, American Journal of Sociology
"Sociologist Corrigall-Brown (Univ. of Western Ontario) breaks new ground in presenting a major systematic study of how individuals particiapte in or stop participating in protest activism . . . The author artfully combines quantitative analyses of panel data and qualitative life-history interviews and writes in a vivid, provocative manner. The end product is a theoretically rich, empirically rigorous book that students of contentious politics cannot afford to ignore. Summing Up: Essential."—J. Li, CHOICE
"Patterns of Protest is a path breaking examination of participation in social movements. Rather than focusing on the correlates of initial engagement, as most movement participation studies have done, Corrigall-Brown takes us on a journey, based on life history interviews with participants in four different movements, that elaborates the various degrees and trajectories of participation in a more thorough and nuanced fashion than has been done heretofore. A most welcome contribution to the study of social movements in general and participation in particular."—David A. Snow, University of California, Irvine
"For all the studies we have of movement recruitment, we know next to nothing about what happens after that. Or rather we knew nothing until this exceptional book came along. Corrigall-Brown's rich study is must reading for anyone who wants to understand the longer-term ebb and flow of participation that tend to define activist lives."—Doug McAdam, Stanford University
About the Author
Catherine Corrigall-Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.