Social Movements and American Political Institutions

Social Movements and American Political Institutions

by Anne N. Costain
     
 

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Social movements in the United States are important political actors because of their scale and duration, their generation of new ideas and understandings of existing problems, their ability to mobilize those who were previously passive citizens, and the impetus they provide for restructuring and broadening the agenda of American politics. This volume combines…  See more details below

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Social movements in the United States are important political actors because of their scale and duration, their generation of new ideas and understandings of existing problems, their ability to mobilize those who were previously passive citizens, and the impetus they provide for restructuring and broadening the agenda of American politics. This volume combines chapters by a distinguished group of social movement scholars, from both sociology and political science, who use perspectives ranging from political process theory to rational choice and collective action approaches to evaluate the functioning of institutions of American government and the public policies that they produce. A diverse group of movements and interests are featured: women, public interest, native America, the environment, the Christian Right, abortion, gay rights, and homelessness among them.

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Booknews
Political scientists and a few sociologists synthesize research from the past two decades on social movement such as those for civil rights, women, the environment, and Protestant fundamentalism, and demonstrate how the findings can be applied to the study of US politics. The 17 studies progress from broad questions about how theories of American institutions might be changed by the approach, to focused applications of current social movement theory to particular institutions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Mobilization
Solid interesting work.
Perspectives In Political Science
Fresh and original.
— Mack C. Shelley II, Iowa State University
Perspectives in Political Science - Mack C. Shelley II
Fresh and original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461642411
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/23/1998
Series:
People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Anne N. Costain is professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Andrew S. McFarland is professor of political science at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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