Social Movement Organizations: Guide to Research on Insurgent Realities

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Well-known for his sociological studies of social movements, John Lofland has now written the authoritative guide to research on social movement organizations viewed as insurgent realities - countercurrents of varying intensity and duration, which challenge mainstream conceptions of how society ought to be organized and how life ought to be lived.
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John Lofland is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California at Davis. He has served as president of the Pacific Sociological Society, has chaired the section on collective behavior and social movements of the American Sociological Association, and is founding editor of Urban Life, a Journal of Ethnographic Research. He is the author and coauthor of numerous works on social movements, social psychology, and research methods including the following: Doomsday Cult; Symbolic Sit-ins; Doing Social Life; Deviance and Identity; and Analyzing Social Settings.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Why Social Movement Organizations (SMOs) Are and Why People Study Them 1
2 Steps One and Two: Selecting Cases and Collecting Data 23
3 Step Three: Asking Questions 47
4 Step Four: Answering Questions 64
5 What Are SMO Beliefs? 101
6 How Are SMOs Organized? 139
7 What Are Causes of SMOs? 175
8 Why Do People Join SMOs? 201
9 What Are SMO Strategies? 257
10 What Are Reactions to SMOs? 305
11 What Are Effects of SMOs? 345
12 Dissecting Research Reports 355
13 Contextual Themes 365
References 379
Index 405
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