Waves of Protest: Social Movements since the Sixties

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This book updates and adds to the classic Social Movements of the Sixties and Seventies, showing how social movement theory has grown and changed—from an earlier emphasis on collective behavior, to the resource mobilization approach, and currently to analyses that emphasize culture, ideology, and collective identity. Top social scientists combine insiders' insights with critical analyses to examine a wide variety of social movements active in the most recent U.S. cycle of protest. Waves of Protest is a must-read ...

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This book updates and adds to the classic Social Movements of the Sixties and Seventies, showing how social movement theory has grown and changed—from an earlier emphasis on collective behavior, to the resource mobilization approach, and currently to analyses that emphasize culture, ideology, and collective identity. Top social scientists combine insiders' insights with critical analyses to examine a wide variety of social movements active in the most recent U.S. cycle of protest. Waves of Protest is a must-read for students of social movements, social change, political sociology, and American studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Race Relations Abastracts
This is an important contribution to the development of political thought.
Perspectives On Political Science
Waves of Protest is excellent social science. It is well-written, empirical, and intellectually stimulating. The book will be useful for students and scholars of political science, sociology, and social movements, and for people interested in working in such movements. In comparison with other sociological treatments of organizational behavior, Waves of Protest provides theoretical breadth, new concepts about organizations, and substantive empirical results. It offers new understanding of recent U.S. social history.
Political Studies Review
A wide range of movements are examined. Written in an accessible style, this book is aimed at students of social movements from undergradute level onwards.
Karen O'Connor
A 'good read' sorely needed to fill a gap in the political science literature on social movements.
Charles Tilly
Freeman, Johnson, and their fellow authors survey American social movements since the 1960s with enthusiasm and perspicacity, forcing us to recognize how movement activity has transformed American life over the last half-century.
Andrew S. McFarland
The current generation of political science students will appreciate the useful summaries and valuable analyses of movements' political strategies within the structures of the American political system.
Myra Marx Ferree
Fresh, timely, and widely useful. . . . Readers are informed about a wide range of movements as well as given conceptual tools to analyze them.
Hank Johnston
This is a highly useful and empirically rich collection that considers movements since the sixties as a protest wave. Indeed, the movements here are a tsunami of challenge and contention that will pique the interest of students.
Thomas Hodd
My students like this book. They tell me they plan to keep it.
Perspectives on Political Science
Waves of Protest is excellent social science. It is well-written, empirical, and intellectually stimulating. The book will be useful for students and scholars of political science, sociology, and social movements, and for people interested in working in such movements. In comparison with other sociological treatments of organizational behavior, Waves of Protest provides theoretical breadth, new concepts about organizations, and substantive empirical results. It offers new understanding of recent U.S. social history.
Race Relations Abstracts
This is an important contribution to the development of political thought.
Karen O'Connor
A 'good read' sorely needed to fill a gap in the political science literature on social movements.
Charles Tilly
Freeman, Johnson, and their fellow authors survey American social movements since the 1960s with enthusiasm and perspicacity, forcing us to recognize how movement activity has transformed American life over the last half-century.
Booknews
Seeing the following three decades as aftershocks of the 1960s, as has been typical in other periods of social dissent, social scientists examines the mobilization, organization, consciousness, and strategy and tactics of such movements as animal rights, environmental action, the Christian right, anti-cult, anti-abortion, farmworkers, and lesbian feminist. They also look at the decline and transformation of the Students for the Democratic Society, the civil rights movement, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Meet the Author

Jo Freeman is editor of Social Movements of the Sixties and Seventies and Women: A Feminist Perspective and author of A Room at a Time and The Politics of Women's Liberation. Victoria Johnson is assistant professor of sociology at Bates College and a contributor to several anthologies on social movements.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Mobilization Chapter 3 On the Origins of Social Movements Chapter 4 Mobilizing the Disabled Chapter 5 Sacrifice for the Cause: Group Processes, Recruitment, and Commitment in a Student Social Movement Chapter 6 Recruiting Intimates, Recruiting Strangers: Building the Contemporary Animal Rights Movement Part 7 Organization Chapter 8 The Structure of Social Movements: Environmental Activism and Its Opponents Chapter 9 The Consequences of Professionalization and Formalization in the Pro-Choice Movement Chapter 10 AIDS, Anger, and Activism: ACT UP as a Social Movement Organization Part 11 Consciousness Chapter 12 The Spirit Willing: Collective Identity and the Development of the Christian Right Chapter 13 Collective Identity in Social Movement Communities: Lesbian Feminist Mobilization Chapter 14 The Social Construction of Subversive Evil: The Contemporary Anticult and Anti-Satanism Movements Part 15 Strategy and Tactics Chapter 16 A Model for Analyzing the Strategic Options of Social Movement Organizations Chapter 17 The Strategic Determinants of a Countermovement: The Emergence and Impact of Operation Rescue Blockades Chapter 18 Civil Disobedience and Protest Cycles Chapter 19 The Transformation of a Constituency into a Movement Revisited: Farmworker Organizing in California Part 20 Decline Chapter 21 The End of SDS and the Emergence of Weatherman: Demise Through Success Chapter 22 The Decline of the Civil Rights Movement Chapter 23 The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: The Rise and Fall of a Redemptive Organization Chapter 24 Index Chapter 25 About the Contributors

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