Theorizing School-Based Language Activism in the Basque Country and Beyond

A Social Movement Approach
  • Kai A. Heidemann
Part of the The World Council of Comparative Education Societies book series (WCCE)


In this chapter I draw on the insights of social movement theory in order to propose an analytical approach to the study of school-based minority language revitalization movements. In particular, I propose a framework that centers on resource mobilization theory [henceforth ‘RMT’]. RMT posits that the relative ‘success’ of any movement hinges heavily upon the capacity of actors to marshal forth empowering forms of capital or ‘resources’ within a broader landscape of structural limitations and possibilities (Buechler, 1993, Edwards & McCarthy, 2004; McCarthy & Zald, 1987).


Social Movement Language Policy Basque Country Minority Language Structural Opportunity 
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  • Kai A. Heidemann
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  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityNetherlands

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