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Overview

In this book, Zirakzadeh examines different types of social movements, from the Greens in Germany to the Shining Path in Peru. Written in an accessible manner, the book is divided into several sections. The first examines three traditions of social-movement theorizing and the logic, biases, and insights of each. The other sections explore the social movements themselves: how they emerged and developed. The book concludes with a juxtaposition of the three major theoretical approaches and historical findings and proposes a fourth theoretical approach emphasizing factional conflict and reconciliation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Social Movements in Politics is a tour de force and essential reading for all interested in protest and revolution.  Advancing literature on protest and revolution, this book breaks new ground through examining the internal conflicts and dialectical processes in the transformation of social movements.  Zirakzadeh's work is a refreshing and innovative intervention that exposes multiple tensions that do not diminish the power of social movements in transforming society - but are integral to them."—Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and editor of Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
 
"With a wonderful grasp of local detail and a comprehensive view of social movement theories to guide him, Zirakzadeh integrates the analysis of social movements into a broad vision of political, social and economic change. He provides a close look at four of the most internationally visible movements – Germany’s Greens, Poland’s Solidarity, Peru’s Shining Path, and Mexico’s Zapatistas – that have led significant political challenges to their national governments. The focus on such prominent and internationally important cases is unique as is the analytical balance Zirakzadeh strikes between the analysis of their distinctive political opportunities and strategic and ideological choices as movements. The wide sweep of coverage along with riveting detail about the personalities, factions and internal debates in each case offers outstanding evidence with which to debate the merits of different theories. Zirakzadeh is remarkably even-handed in presenting and evaluating these theoretical approaches himself, and students of social movements will enjoy debating each of these intriguing cases."—Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin - Madison
 

"A splendid introduction to the study of social movements, this is written with delightful clarity. The four richly researched case studies which provide the book's core offer sufficient materials for readers to argue for themselves. The author's final call for a 'fourth generation' of theories will meet with wide assent."—Colin Barker, Manchester Metropolitan University
 

"This book is the magnum opus of a scholar who has for many years been publishing seminal works on problems arising from the ethnic heterogeneity of states. Only one with such a background could produce a volume so rich in its variety of source-material and  so penetrating  in its analyses. Innovations include a two-fold classification of ethnic groups predicated upon whether they are living within or without their ethnic homeland, a classification permitting the author to transcend the cleavage between ethnonationalism and ethnicity; a tripartite division of states into mature democratic, post-communist, and emerging categories; and, for each of these three categories, a combination of a wealth of illustrative data drawn from several states, further illustrated by an in-depth, single-state case study. Truly an important contribution to the literature."—
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403963765
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Perspectives in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh received his Masters degree from Stanford University and his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Connecticut since 1985, where he holds the title of Professor of Political Science. He has penned more than a dozen essays for edited books and professional jourbanals, including Polity, Social Movement Studies, Jourbanal of Theoretical Politics, and Comparative Studies in Society and History. The expanded edition of Social Movements in Politics is the fourth book Zirakzadeh has authored. The first edition (1997) received a Choice Outstanding Academic Book award. Zirakzadeh, whose research interests include political thought in literature, is currently co-editing his first anthology, a collection of essays on the political experiences and vision of John Steinbeck.

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Table of Contents

Dedication
• Preface to the Expanded Edition
• Acronyms
• Part I: How We Think about Social Movements
• Chapter 1: Recent Traditions in Social-Movement Theorizing * Part II: West Germany's Greens and the Politics of Party Movements * Chapter 2: A World to Be Remade: Sociopolitical Circumstances of Green Politics
• Chapter 3: Political Antedents
• Chapter 4: Clashing Shades of Green
• Part III: Poland's Solidarity and Movements against Dictatorial Regimes
• Chapter 5: A World to Be Remade: Sociopolitical Circumstances of Solidarity
• Chapter 6: Political Antecendents
• Chapter 7: Discord within Solidarity
• Part IV: Peru's Shining Path and Agrarian-Based Movements
• Chapter 8: A World to Be Remade: Sociopolitical Circumstances of Shining Path
• Chapter 9: Political Antecedents
• Chapter 10: Diverse Directions along the Shining Path
• Part V: Mexico's Zapatistas and the Globalization of Protest
• Chapter 11: A World to Be Remade: Sociopolitical Circumstances of the Zapatista National Liberation Army
• Chapter 12: Political Antecedents
• Chapter 13: Wanderings of Zapata's Ghost
• Part VI: Conclusions
• Chapter 14: From History to Theory
• References

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