From Contention to Democracy addresses a crucial aspect of contemporary societies: the role of social movements for political and social change. The volume gathers together essays written by prominent social theorists who have been asked to reflect on the relationship between movements and processes of social, political and cultural change. Three broad types of movement-change nexus are distinguished and discussed: incorporation, transformation, and democratization. The chapters in this book all point to the place of social movements in relation to these three processes of change, while discussing the history and well-known events of social movements. Individual occurrences such as the protest of French students in 1968 or Chilean shantytown dwellers are examined. The final essay looks ahead, wondering: what is the future of social movements?
This is a good book. It advances our understanding of social movements.
Canadian Journal of Political Science
The book succeeds in addressing an important deficit in the literature by bringing specific theoretical issues on social movement outcomes out from behind the shadow of research on movement origins. . . . this is a joint venture with an intellectual purpose behind it that is sustained throughout the volume.
Marco G. Giugni is a researcher in the department of political science at the University of Geneva. Doug McAdam is professor of sociology at Stanford. Charles Tilly is Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Social Movements and Chance: Incorporation, Transformation/ and Democratization Part 2 Incorporation Chapter 3 Social Movements: Incorporation, Disengagement, and Opportunities: A Long View Chapter 4 Social Protest and Policy Reform: May 1868 and the Loi d'Orientation in France Chapter 5 Social Movements and Cultural Change Part 6 Transformation Chapter 7 Contentious Politics in Complex Societies: New Social Movements Between Conflict and Cooperation Chapter 8 To Move Mountains: Collective Action and the Possibility of Institutional Chance Chapter 9 Social Movements or Revolutions? On the Evolution and Outcomes of Collective Action Part 10 Democratization Chapter 11 Democratic Transitions and Social Movements Outcomes: The Chilean Shantytown Dwellers' Movement in Comparative Perspective Chapter 12 Social Movements and the Democratization Process in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America Chapter 13 Collective Action, Change, and Democracy: Do Social Movements Still Matter? Chapter 14 Conclusion: The Future of Social Movements