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: 675,932
  • 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

1 Mapping the Terrain 3
2 Protest in Time and Space: The Evolution of Waves of Contention 19
3 The Strange Career of Strain and Breakdown Theories of Collective Action 47
4 Political Context and Opportunity 67
5 The Cultural Contexts of Collective Action: Constraints, Opportunities, and the Symbolic Life of Social Movements 91
6 Resources and Social Movement Mobilization 116
7 Beyond the Iron Law: Rethinking the Place of Organizations in Social Movement Research 155
8 Leadership in Social Movements 171
9 Movement Allies, Adversaries, and Third Parties 197
10 Policing Social Protest 217
11 Bystanders, Public Opinion, and the Media 242
12 "Get up, Stand up": Tactical Repertoires of Social Movements 262
13 Diffusion Processes within and across Movements 294
14 Transnational Processes and Movements 311
15 Networks and Participation 339
16 The Demand and Supply of Participation: Social-Psychological Correlates of Participation in Social Movements 360
17 Framing Processes, Ideology, and Discursive Fields 380
18 Emotional Dimensions of Social Movements 413
19 Collective Identity, Solidarity, and Commitment 433
20 The Legislative, Organizational, and Beneficiary Consequences of State-Oriented Challengers 461
21 Personal and Biographical Consequences 489
22 The Cultural Consequences of Social Movements 508
23 The Consequences of Social Movements for Each Other 531
24 The Labor Movement in Motion 555
25 Feminism and the Women's Movement: A Global Perspective 576
26 Environmental Movements 608
27 Antiwar and Peace Movements 641
28 Ethnic and Nationalist Social Movements 666
29 Religious Movements 694
Index 717
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