Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199251780
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2003
  • Series: Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario Diani is Professor of Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy, and the European Editor of Mobilization. Doug McAdam is Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: Social Movements, Contentious Actions, and Social Networks: 'From Metaphor to Substance'? 1
2 Social Networks Matter. But How? 21
3 Movement Development and Organizational Networks: The Role of 'Single Members' in the German Nazi Party, 1925-30 49
4 Networks in Opposition: Linking Organizations Through Activists in the Polish People's Republic 77
5 'Leaders' or Brokers? Positions and Influence in Social Movement Networks 105
6 Community Embeddedness and Collaborative Governance in the San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Movement 123
7 Contentious Connections in Great Britain, 1828-34 147
8 Networks, Diffusion, and Cycles of Collective Action 173
9 Movement in Context: Thick Networks and Japanese Environmental Protest 204
10 Why do Networks Matter? Rationalist and Structuralist Interpretations 233
11 Cross-talk in Movements: Reconceiving the Culture-Network Link 258
12 Beyond Structural Analysis: Toward a More Dynamic Understanding of Social Movements 281
13 Networks and Social Movements: A Research Programme 299
References 320
Index 347
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