Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements: Political Opportunities, Mobilizing Structures, and Cultural Framings / Edition 1

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Overview

Social movements such as environmentalism, feminism, nationalism, and the anti-immigration movement figure prominently in the modern world. This study focuses upon the role of ideology and beliefs, mechanisms of mobilization, and how politics shapes the development and outcomes of movements.
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"...this edited book is an invaluable resource..." Crawford Young, Perspectives on Political Science

"These four essays...should become required reading for every graduate course on social movements....the volume shows far more coherence than most anthologies and much cross-referencing between chapters....the strength of the volume is its examination of grassroots social movements and their sometime connections to public interest lobbies....The goal of the authors, however, is to provide a broad framework for systematic comparative study of social movements. In this they have ably succeeded." Carol M. Mueller, Contemporary Sociology

"This book is a successful attempt by the editors and authors, leading theorists in the social movement field, to assess and further the growing field of comparative analysis of social movements. Overall, this volume makes a major contribution to the development of our understanding of social movements and adds to our knowledge of politics, the state, and culture." Robert Kleidman, Social Forces

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521485166
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 442
  • Sales rank: 1,201,327
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Biographical sketches of contributors
Preface
Introduction: Opportunities, mobilizing structures, and framing processes - toward a synthetic, comparative perspective on social movements 1
1 Conceptual origins, current problems, future directions 23
2 States and opportunities: The political structuring of social movements 41
3 Social movements and the state: Thoughts on the policing of protest 62
4 Opportunities and framing in the Eastern European revolts of 1989 93
5 Opportunities and framing in the transition to democracy: The case of Russia 122
6 Constraints and opportunities in adopting, adapting, and inventing 141
7 The organizational structure of new social movements in a political context 152
8 The impact of national contexts on social movement structures: A cross-movement and cross-national comparison 185
9 Organizational form as frame: Collective identity and political strategy in the American labor movement, 1880-1920 205
10 The collapse of a social movement: The interplay of mobilizing structures, framing, and political opportunities in the Knights of Labor 227
11 Culture, ideology, and strategic framing 261
12 Framing political opportunity 275
13 Accessing public, media, electoral, and governmental agendas 291
14 Media discourse, movement publicity, and the generation of collective action frames: Theoretical and empirical exercises in meaning construction 312
15 The framing function of movement tactics: Strategic dramaturgy in the American civil rights movement 338
Notes 357
References 379
Index 411
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