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Heeding the push from below: how do social movements persuade the rich to listen to the poor?

Campbell, Catherine, Cornish, Flora, Gibbs, Andrew and Scott, Kerry (2010) Heeding the push from below: how do social movements persuade the rich to listen to the poor? Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (7). pp. 962-971. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

This article discusses three successful pro-poor social movements: the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement, the Indian wing of the People’s Health Movement and the South African Treatment Action Campaign. These have mobilized poor people to demand access to land, health services and life-saving medical treatment respectively. We show how each group has succeeded not only through building the 'voice'of the poor to make forceful demands, but also through facilitating the development of ‘receptive social environments’ in which the rich are willing to take these voices seriously. Community psychologists need to pay more attention to the latter challenge.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://hpq.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: UT ISI:000282333900002
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2010 11:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29695/

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