The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements is a compilation of original, state-of-the-art essays by internationally recognized scholars. Covering a diverse range of topics in the field of social movement studies, this volume offers an illuminating guide to understanding the dynamics and operation of social movements within the modern, global world. The abundance of social movement activity throughout the world, both violent and nonviolent, has made the study of social movements a valuable resource for helping students and scholars to engage and understand their own social world. Issues covered in this one volume include: historical, political, and cultural contexts; leadership; organizational dynamics; social networks and participation; consequences and outcomes; and synthetic overviews of major social movements, including labor, anti-war, women's, religious, ethnic and national, and environmental movements. This outstanding resource offers the most comprehensive discussion of social movements available.
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“It’s hard to imagine how this volume could beimproved. The organizing framework is terrific and the cast ofcharacters is a virtual ‘who’s who’ of socialmovement scholars. All in all, a wonderful addition to thebookshelf of any social movement analyst.”
Doug McAdam, Stanford University

“A comprehensive survey of the current state of the art inSocial Movement Studies, and launch pad for future work.Indispensible.”
Colin Barker, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405175616
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 776
  • Sales rank: 763,391
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Snow is Professor of Sociology at the University ofCalifornia, Irvine. He is widely published in social movements, andauthor of, among other books, the award-winning Down on TheirLuck: A Study of Homeless Street People (with Leon Anderson,1993). He is a former President of both the Society for the Studyof Symbolic Interaction and the Pacific Sociological Association,and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in theBehavioral Sciences.

Sarah A. Soule is Associate Professor of Sociology at theUniversity of Arizona. Her main areas of research are socialmovements and political sociology. She has published severalarticles on social movements with a focus on diffusion processes insocial movements.

Hanspeter Kriesi is Professor of Political Science at theUniversity of Zurich, Switzerland. He is an internationallyrenowned scholar and has published numerous journal articles onsocial movements. He is the author of Political Mobilization andSocial Change (1993).

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Table of Contents



Part I: Introduction:.

1. Mapping The Terrain: David A. Snow (University Of Arizona),Sarah A. Soule (University Of Arizona), And Hanspeter Kriesi(University Of Zurich).

Part II: Facilitative Contexts and Conditions:.

2.Protest in Time and Space: The Evolution of Waves ofContention: Ruud Koopmans (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin FürSozialforschun).

3. The Strange Career of Strain and Breakdown Theories ofCollection Action: Steven M. Buechler (Minnesota StateUniversity).

4. Political Context and Opportunity: Hanspeter Kriesi(Universität Zürich).

5. The Cultural Contexts of Collective Action: Constraints,Opportunities, and The Symbolic Life Of Social Movements: Rhys H.Williams (University Of Cincinnati).

6.Resources and Social Movement Mobilization: Bob Edwards (EastCarolina University) And John D. Mccarthy (The Pennsylvania StateUniversity).

Part III: Field of Action and Dynamics:.

7. Beyond the Iron Law: Rethinking the Place of Organizations inSocial Movement Research: Elisabeth S. Clemens and Debra C. Minkoff(University Of Chicago; University Of Washington).

8. Leadership in Social Movements: Aldon D. Morris and SuzanneStaggenborg (Northwestern University; Mcgill University).

9. Movement Allies, Adversaries and Third Parties: Dieter Rucht(Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin).

10. Policing Social Protest: Donatella Della Porta and OlivierFillieule (European University Institute, Florence; University ofLausanne).

11. Bystanders, Public Opinion, and the Media: William A. Gamson(Boston College).

12. “Get Up, Stand Up:” Tactical Repertoires ofSocial Movements: Verta Taylor and Nella Van Dyke (University ofCalifornia, Santa Barbara; Washington State University).

13. Diffusion Processes Within and Across Movements: Sarah A.Soule (University of Arizona).

14. Transnational Processes and Movements: Jackie Smith (SUNYStony Brook).

Part IV: Microstructural and Social PsychologicalDimensions:.

15. Networks and Participation: Mario Diani (University ofTrento).

16. The Demand and Supply of Participation: Social-PsychologicalCorrelates of Participation in Social Movements: Bert Klandermans(Free University, Amsterdam).

17. Framing Processes, Ideology, and Discursive Fields: David A.Snow (University Of California, Irvine).

18. Emotional Dimensions of Social Movements: Jeff Goodwin,James Jasper and Francesca Polletta (New York University;Independent Scholar; Columbia University).

19. Collective Identity, Solidarity, and Commitment: Scott A.Hunt and Robert D. Benford (University Of Kentucky; SouthernIllinois University, Carbondale).

Part V: Consequences And Outcomes:.

20. The Legislative, Organizational, and BeneficiaryConsequences of State-Oriented Challenges: Edwin Amenta and NealCaren (both New York University).

21. Personal and Biographical Consequences: Marco Giugni(University of Geneva).

22. The Cultural Consequences of Social Movements: Jennifer Earl(University of California, Santa Barbara).

23. The Consequences of Social Movements for Each Other: NancyWhittier (Smith College).

Part VI: Major Social Movements:.

24. The Labor Movement In Motion: Rick Fantasia and JudithStepan-Norris (Smith College; University Of California,Irvine).

25. Feminism and the Women’s Movement: A GlobalPerspective: Myra Marx Ferree and Carol Mueller (University ofWisconsin; Arizona State University West).

26. Environmental Movements: Christopher Rootes (University ofKent).

27. Antiwar and Peace Movements: Sam Marullo and David S. Meyer(Georgetown University; University Of California, Irvine).

28. Ethnic and Nationalist Movements: Susan Olzak (StanfordUniversity).

29. Religious Movements: Fred Kniss and Gene Burns (LoyolaUniversity; Michigan State University).


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