Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics / Edition 2

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Overview

Unlike political or economic institutions, social movements have an elusive power, but one that is no less real. This study surveys the history of the social movement, puts forward a theory of collective action to explain its surges and declines, and offers an interpretation of the power of movement that emphasizes its effects on personal lives, policy reforms and political culture. While covering cultural, organizational and personal sources of movements' power, the book emphasizes the rise and fall of social movements as part of political struggle and as the outcome of changes in political opportunity structure. This second edition has an entirely new chapter, major additions to the bibliography, new illustrative materials in many of the chapters and a new conclusion.

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Editorial Reviews

Studies in Comparative
This is unquestionably a seminal work, one that lies fundamentally in the literature on social movements. . .an exceptionally rich synthesis and weaving together of research and literature on social movements. — Studies in Comparative International Development
American Political Scientist
The brilliance of this book is the author's ability to transcend conventional schools of socialmovement analysis. . . .It is difficult to see movements int he same light after reading this book.— American Political Science Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521629478
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/1998
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Tarrow (Ph.D. Berkeley, 1965) is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His recent books are Dynamics of Contention (with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly), Contentious Europeans (with Doug Imig), Transnational Protest and Global Activism (co-edited with Donatella della Porta), The New Transnational Activism and Contentious Politics (with Charles Tilly). He is currently researching war, state-building and human rights.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Contentious Politics and Social Movements 10
Pt. I The Birth of the Modern Social Movement
2 Modular Collective Action 29
3 Print and Association 43
4 State Building and Social Movements 54
Pt. II From Contention to Social Movements
5 Political Opportunities and Constraints 71
6 Acting Contentiously 91
7 Framing Contention 106
8 Mobilizing Structures and Contentious Politics 123
Pt. III The Dynamics of Movement
9 Cycles of Contention 141
10 Struggling to Reform 161
11 Transnational Contention 176
Conclusion: The Future of Social Movements 196
Notes 211
Sources 233
Index 263
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