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 be improved. The organizing framework is terrific and the cast of characters is a virtual ‘who’s who’ of social movement scholars. All in all, a wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any social movement analyst.”
Doug McAdam, Stanford University

“A comprehensive survey of the current state of the art in Social 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: 939,210
  • 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 of California, Irvine. He is widely published in social movements, and author of, among other books, the award-winning Down on Their Luck: A Study of Homeless Street People (with Leon Anderson, 1993). He is a former President of both the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and the Pacific Sociological Association, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Sarah A. Soule is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her main areas of research are social movements and political sociology. She has published several articles on social movements with a focus on diffusion processes in social movements.

Hanspeter Kriesi is Professor of Political Science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is an internationally renowned scholar and has published numerous journal articles on social movements. He is the author of Political Mobilization and Social 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 of Contention: Ruud Koopmans (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin Für Sozialforschun).

3. The Strange Career of Strain and Breakdown Theories of Collection Action: Steven M. Buechler (Minnesota State University).

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 (East Carolina University) And John D. Mccarthy (The Pennsylvania State University).

Part III: Field of Action and Dynamics:.

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

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

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

10. Policing Social Protest: Donatella Della Porta and Olivier Fillieule (European University Institute, Florence; University of Lausanne).

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

12. “Get Up, Stand Up:” Tactical Repertoires of Social Movements: Verta Taylor and Nella Van Dyke (University of California, 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 (SUNY Stony Brook).

Part IV: Microstructural and Social Psychological Dimensions:.

15. Networks and Participation: Mario Diani (University of Trento).

16. The Demand and Supply of Participation: Social-Psychological Correlates 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; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale).

Part V: Consequences And Outcomes:.

20. The Legislative, Organizational, and Beneficiary Consequences of State-Oriented Challenges: Edwin Amenta and Neal Caren (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: Nancy Whittier (Smith College).

Part VI: Major Social Movements:.

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

25. Feminism and the Women’s Movement: A Global Perspective: Myra Marx Ferree and Carol Mueller (University of Wisconsin; Arizona State University West).

26. Environmental Movements: Christopher Rootes (University of Kent).

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

28. Ethnic and Nationalist Movements: Susan Olzak (Stanford University).

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


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