Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action

Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action

by Mario Diani
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199251789

ISBN-13: 9780199251780

Pub. Date: 04/10/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, International University Bremen, Bremen, and Kenneth Newton, Professor of

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Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, International University Bremen, Bremen, and Kenneth Newton, Professor of Comparative Politics at University of Southampton. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. Analysts of contentious politics have long recognized in social networks an important predictor of individual recruitment and sustained participation. Likewise, few would dispute that social movements cannot be reduced to any specific actor, but are better conceived as webs of exchanges between groups and organizations who engage in coalition work while preserving their autonomy and specificity. The extent to which a network approach should inform research on social movements and collective action is, however, subject to debate. Should the application of network ideas be limited to specific dynamics such as individual participation, or inter-organizational alliances? Or should we take the network as the guiding principle to reorganize our overall understanding of grassroots, contentious politics? Social Movements and Networks addresses these and many related issues. For the first time in a single volume, leading social movement researchers map the full range of applications of network concepts and tools to their field of inquiry. They illustrate how networks affect individual contributions to collective action in both democratic and non-democratic organizations; how patterns of inter-organizational linkages affect the circulation of resources both within movement milieus and between movement organizations and the political system; how network concepts and techniques may improve our grasp of the relationship between movements and elites, of the configuration of all

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ISBN-13:
9780199251780
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2003
Series:
Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresxi
List of Tablesxiv
List of Abbreviationsxvi
Contributorsxviii
1.Introduction: Social Movements, Contentious Actions, and Social Networks: 'From Metaphor to Substance'?1
I.Individual Networks
2.Social Networks Matter. But How?21
3.Movement Development and Organizational Networks: The Role of 'Single Members' in the German Nazi Party, 1925-3049
II.Interorganizational Networks
4.Networks in Opposition: Linking Organizations Through Activists in the Polish People's Republic77
5.'Leaders' or Brokers? Positions and Influence in Social Movement Networks105
6.Community Embeddedness and Collaborative Governance in the San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Movement123
III.Networking the Political Process
7.Contentious Connections in Great Britain, 1828-34147
8.Networks, Diffusion, and Cycles of Collective Action173
9.Movement in Context: Thick Networks and Japanese Environmental Protest204
IV.Theories of Networks, Movements, and Collective Action
10.Why do Networks Matter? Rationalist and Structuralist Interpretations233
11.Cross-talk in Movements: Reconceiving the Culture-Network Link258
12.Beyond Structural Analysis: Toward a More Dynamic Understanding of Social Movements281
13.Networks and Social Movements: A Research Programme299
References320
Index347

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