The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts / Edition 2

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"The Social Movements Reader is an extensive collection of the key classic and contemporary readings on the origins, organization, dynamics, and effects of social movements. These essays analyze the specific resources, networks, structures, and environments of social movements, as well as the motivating psychology, political debates, emotions, and personal and collective identities behind them. The book includes several case studies of some of the most important social movements, including the civil rights, women's, and environmental movements." Chapter introductions, brief biographers, and definitions of key concepts guide readers to a clear understanding of the essays. For anyone curious about social movements, this is an engaging and illuminating compilation.
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‘This reader makes organizing an engaging course on social movements easy by offering a great selection of classics along with some lesser-known works. Goodwin and Jasper chose and edited judiciously to give students the core arguments from a wide range of books and articles from the 1970s to Seattle, and the organization is coherent and helpful. They also offer excellent framing of the debates and issues in the field in their lucid and crisp introductions.’ Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin

‘This comprehensive collection of contemporary readings makes the field of social movements readily accessible to the widest possible audience. Goodwin and Jasper thoughtfully organize the reader's case studies around nine core questions, each preceded by a cogent, informative introduction.’ Rob Benford, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

‘Goodwin and Jasper have insightfully compiled a collection of published work that provide answers to nine major questions on social movements, while simultaneously illuminating a number of movements that have been significant vehicles of challenge and change in the U.S. – and elsewhere – during the latter half of the past century. By informing understanding of central concepts and questions, as well as selected cases, in the study of social movements, this volume makes for a valuable addition to the menu of scholarly work targeted for the classroom.’ David Snow, University of California at Irvine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405187640
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 242,239
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Goodwin is Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is the author of No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (2001).

James M. Jasper is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written many books, including The Animal Rights Crusade(1992) and The Art of Moral Protest (1997), and Getting Your Way (2006).

Together they have edited two previous editions of The Social Movements Reader (2003, 2009) Passionate Politics (2001) and Contention in Context (2012).

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Table of Contents

List of Key Concepts
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Editors' Introduction 3
Pt. II When and Why Do Social Movements Occur? 9
2 The Civil Rights Movement (from Civil Rights: The 1960s Freedom Struggle) 15
3 The Women's Movement (from "The Origins of the Women's Liberation Movement") 22
4 The Gay Liberation Movement (from Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities) 32
5 The Iranian Revolution (from "Structural and Perceived Opportunity: The Iranian Revolution of 1979") 38
Pt. III Who Joins or Supports Movements? 49
6 Recruits to Civil Rights Activism (From Freedom Summer) 55
7 Changing Values in Post-Industrial Societies (from The Silent Revolution) 64
8 Middle-Class Radicalism and Environmentalism (from "Environmentalism, Middle-Class Radicalism and Politics") 72
9 "Christian Patriots" (from The Politics of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism) 81
Pt. IV Who Remains In Movements, and Who Drops Out? 89
10 Generating Commitment Among Students (from "Sacrifice for the Cause: Group Processes, Recruitment, and Commitment in a Student Social Movement") 94
11 Sustaining Commitment Among Radical Feminists (from Feminist Generations) 103
12 Disengaging from Movements (from the Social Psychology of Protest) 116
Pt. V What Do Movement Participants Think and Feel? 129
13 World Views of Pro- and Anti-Abortion Activists (from Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood) 134
14 Ideological Purity in the Women's Movement (from Why We Lost the ERA) 147
15 The Emotions of Protest (from "The Emotions of Protest") 153
Pt. VI How Are Movements Organized? 163
16 Social Movement Organizations (from "Resource Mobilization and Social Movements: A Partial Theory") 169
17 Organizational Repertoires (from "Organizational Repertoires and Institutional Change: Women's Groups and the Transformation of U.S. Politics, 1890-1920") 187
18 Transnational Environmental Activism (from "Politics Beyond the State: Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics") 202
19 Affinity Groups and the Movement Against Corporate Globalization (from "After Seattle") 210
Pt. VII What Do Movements Do? 219
20 Protest Tactics (from Rules for Radicals) 225
21 Tactical Innovation in the Civil Rights Movement (from The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement) 229
22 The Strategic Uses of Identity by the Lesbian and Gay Movement (from "Celebration and Suppression") 234
23 Discursive Activism by Catholic Feminists (from Faithful and Fearless) 249
Pt. VIII How Do the State and Mass Media Influence Movements? 255
24 The "Smothering" Allies of the Nuclear Freeze Movement (from A Winter of Discontent) 261
25 Farmworkers' Movements in Changing Political Contexts (from "Insurgency of the Powerless") 268
26 Another Look at Farmworker Mobilization (from "Resources and Resourcefulness") 283
27 The Media in the Unmaking of the New Left (from The Whole World Is Watching) 301
Pt. IX Why Do Movements Decline? 313
28 The Decline of the Labor Movement (from The War on Labor and the Left) 318
29 The Decline of the Women's Movement (from "What Happened to the Women's Movement?") 328
30 The Dilemmas of Identity Politics (from "Must Identity Movements Self-Destruct? A Queer Dilemma") 335
Pt. X What Changes Do Movements Bring About? 345
31 Defining Movement "Success" (from The Strategy of Social Protest) 350
32 The Case of Huey Long and the New Deal (from "Stolen Thunder? Huey Long's Share Our Wealth, Political Mediation, and the Second New Deal") 353
33 Movements and Cultural Change (from Music and Social Movements) 367
Biographies 370
References 379
Index 382
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