The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 71%)
Est. Return Date: 06/19/2014
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 33%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $33.27
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 39%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $33.27   
  • New (9) from $33.50   
  • Used (6) from $33.27   


The Social Movements Reader, Second Edition, provides the most important and readable articles and book selections on recent social movements from around the world.

  • With selected readings and editorial material this book combines the strengths of a reader and a textbook
  • Reflects new developments in the study of social movements, both empirical and theoretical
  • Provides original texts, many of them classics in the field of social movements, which have been edited for the non-technical reader
  • Sidebars offer concise definitions of key terms as well as biographies of famous activists and chronologies of several key movements
  • Requires no prior knowledge about social movements or theories of social movements
Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"A rich compilation of classical readings on social movement theory and studies brought together and introduced by two well-known scholars. Discussion questions, recommended readings, short biographies of activists and historical accounts of movements make this reader an excellent tool in classes on social movements."— Bert Klandermans, VU University Amsterdam

"Social movements play a crucial role in contemporary society: this rich collection explains why and how they contribute to social, cultural and political change." —Donatella della Porta, European University Institute

“A rich and diverse introduction to the central puzzles in the field. This second edition will provide an excellent foundation for students seeking a deeper understanding of activism, protest, and movements.” —Kenneth T. Andrews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405187640
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 196,221
  • 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) and Choosing Terror (2010).

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), The Art of Moral Protest (1997), and Getting Your Way (2006).

Together they have edited Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements (with Francesca Polletta) (2001), The Social Movements Reader (2003), Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Culture, and Emotion (2004), Social Movements: Critical Concepts in Sociology (2007), and The Contexts Reader (2007).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Key Concepts and Chronologies

List of Activist Biographies


Part I: Introduction:

1 Editors’ Introduction: Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper

Part II: When and Why Do Social Movements Occur?

Introduction Discussion Questions

2 The Civil Rights Movement (from Civil Rights: The 1960s Freedom Struggle): Rhoda Lois Blumberg

3 The Women’s Movement (from "The Origins of the Women’s Liberation Movement"): Jo Freeman

4 The Gay Liberation Movement (from Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities): John D’Emilio

5 The Iranian Revolution (from "Structural and Perceived Opportunity: The Iranian Revolution of 1979"): Charles Kurzman

Part III: Who Joins or Supports Movements?


Discussion Questions

6 The Free-Rider Problem (from The Logic of Collective Action): Mancur Olson

7 Recruits to Civil Rights Activism (from Freedom Summer): Doug McAdam

8 Middle-Class Radicalism and Environmentalism (from "Environmentalism, Middle-Class Radicalism and Politics"): Stephen Cotgrove and Andrew Duff

9 Who Are the Radical Islamists? (from "Bin Laden and Other Thoroughly Modern Muslims"): Charles Kurzman

Part IV: Who Remains in Movements, and Who Drops Out?


Discussion Questions

10 Generating Commitment Among Students (from "Sacrifice for the Cause: Group Processes, Recruitment, and Commitment in a Student Social Movement"): Eric L. Hirsch

11 Sustaining Commitment Among Radical Feminists (from Feminist Generations): Nancy Whittier

12 True Believers and Charismatic Cults (from Bounded Choice): Janja Lalich

13 Disengaging from Movements (from The Social Psychology of Protest): Bert Klandermans

Part V: What Do Movement Participants Think and Feel?


Discussion Questions

14 World Views of Pro- and Anti-Abortion Activists (from Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood): Kristin Luker

15 Ideological Purity in the Women’s Movement (from Why We Lost the ERA): Jane J. Mansbridge

16 Are Frames Enough? (from "The Art of Reframing Political Debate"): Charlotte Ryan and William A. Gamson

17 The Emotions of Protest (from "The Emotions of Protest"): James M. Jasper

18 Classic Protest Songs: A List (from Contexts magazine)

Part VI: How Are Movements Organized?


Discussion Questions

19 Social Movement Organizations (from "Resource Mobilization and Social Movements: A Partial Theory"): John D. McCarthy and Mayer N. Zald

20 Organizational Repertoires (from "Organizational Repertoires and Institutional Change: Women’s Groups and the Transformation of U.S. Politics, 1890–1920"): Elisabeth S. Clemens

21 Transnational Environmental Activism (from "Politics Beyond the State: Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics"): Paul Wapner

22 The Transnational Network for Democratic Globalization (from Social Movements for Global Democracy): Jackie Smith

Part VII: What Do Movements Do?


Discussion Questions

23 Protest Tactics (from Rules for Radicals): Saul D. Alinsky

24 Tactical Innovation in the Civil Rights Movement (from The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement): Aldon Morris

25 The Strategic Uses of Identity by the Lesbian and Gay Movement (from "Celebration and Suppression"): Mary Bernstein

26 Armed Struggle in the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement (from "Guerrillas in Their Midst: Armed Struggle in the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement"): Gay Seidman

27 Suicide Bombing (from "Six Lessons of Suicide Bombing"): Robert J. Brym

28 Everyday Life, Routine Politics, and Protest: Javier Auyero

Part VIII: How Do Institutions Influence Movements?


Discussion Questions

29 Farmworkers’ Movements in Changing Political Contexts (from "Insurgency of the Powerless"): J. Craig Jenkins and Charles Perrow

30 The Media in the Unmaking of the New Left (from The Whole World Is Watching): Todd Gitlin

31 What Shapes the West’s Human Rights Focus? (from Contexts magazine): James Ron, Howard Ramos, and Kathleen Rodgers

32 The Quest for International Allies (from "Merchants of Morality"): Clifford Bob

33 Global Corporations, Global Unions (from Contexts magazine): Stephen Lerner

Part IX: Why Do Movements Decline?


Discussion Questions

34 The Decline of the Women’s Movement (from "What Happened to the Women’s Movement?"): Barbara Epstein

35 The Dilemmas of Identity Politics (from "Must Identity Movements Self-Destruct? A Queer Dilemma"): Joshua Gamson

36 The Repression/Protest Paradox in Central America (from "A Protest Cycle Resolution of the Repression/Popular Protest Paradox"): Charles Brockett

37 Counterinsurgency (from Contexts magazine): Ian Roxborough

Part X: What Changes Do Movements Bring About?


Discussion Questions

38 Defining Movement "Success" (from The Strategy of Social Protest): William A. Gamson

39 How Social Movements Matter (from Contexts magazine): David S. Meyer

40 The Personal Consequences of Protest (from "Explaining the Political and Personal Consequences of Protest"): Darren E. Sherkat and T. Jean Blocker

41 Environmental Justice (from "Poisoning the Planet: The Struggle for Environmental Justice"): David Naguib Pellow and Robert J. Brulle

References from Part Introductions/Key Concepts


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)