Social Movements

Social Movements

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Social movements around the world have used a wide variety of protest tactics to bring about enormous social changes, influencing cultural arrangements, public opinion, and government policies in the process. This concise yet in-depth primer provides a broad overview of theoretical issues in the study of social movements, illustrating key concepts with a series of case studies. It offers engaging analyses of the protest cycle of the 1960s, the women's movement, the gay and lesbian rights movement, the environmental movement, the new American right, and the global justice movement. Author Suzanne Staggenborg examines these social movements in terms of their strategies and tactics, the organizational challenges they faced, and the roles that the mass media and counter-movements played in determining their successes and failures. Ideal as a core text for courses in social movements/collective behavior and political sociology/social change, Social Movements is brief enough to be easily supplemented by a reader containing primary more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 14mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press Australia
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 0195375084
  • 9780195375084
  • 967,929

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This is the book we have been waiting for a comprehensive yet lucid overview accessible to beginning students of social movements that also provides a valuable review of the field for graduate students. Staggenborg has written the clearest, best organized, most systematic summary of social movement analysis available today. I can say without reservation that this is the text I would choose the next time I teach social movements; I would also definitely recommend it to colleagues. Steven Mizrach, Florida International University This is an excellent introduction to the field of social movements for undergraduates. Staggenborg is successful in condensing a vast and varied literature into a concise volume that is nonetheless faithful to the overall emphases and themes in the social field. Ziad Munson, Lehigh University The author's prose is lucid, accessible, and appropriate for an undergraduate text. The book couches major theoretical perspectives and empirical questions within case studies that the students should find very interesting. Andrew Martin, Ohio State Universityshow more

Table of contents

CHAPTERS 1-9 END WITH DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTED READINGS. ; CHAPTERS 2-10 INCLUDE CONCLUSIONS. ; CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION ; The Origins of the Social Movement ; Defining Social Movements ; Outline of the Book ; CHAPTER 2. THEORIES OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND COLLECTIVE ACTION ; Collective Behavior Theory ; Resource Mobilization and Political Process Theories ; New Social Movement Theory ; New Directions in Social Movement Theory ; CHAPTER 3. ISSUES IN THE STUDY OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND COLLECTIVE ACTION ; Movement Emergence: Mobilization and Recruitment ; Movement Maintenance, Growth, and Decline ; Movement Outcomes ; Movements and Media ; Methods of Social Movement Research ; CHAPTER 4. THE PROTEST CYCLE OF THE 1960S ; The Rise, Decline, and Significance of the Protest Cycle ; The American Civil Rights Movement ; The Rise of New Left Student and Antiwar Movements ; Legacies of the Protest Cycle of the 1960s ; CHAPTER 5. THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT ; Origins of the Second Wave ; Mobilizing Issues of the Second Wave ; Feminist Survival and the Emergence of the Third Wave ; The Global Women's Movement ; Maintenance and Growth of the Women's Movement ; CHAPTER 6. THE GAY AND LESBIAN MOVEMENT ; Origins of the Gay and Lesbian Movement ; Gay and Lesbian Liberation ; Struggles for Equal Rights ; AIDS Activism and Queer Politics ; Relationship Recognition and Same-Sex Marriage ; Influences on Movement Strategies and Outcomes ; CHAPTER 7. THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT ; Origins of the Environmental Movement ; Public Support for Enviromentalism ; Participation in the Environmental Movement ; Debates on the Direction of the Environmental Movement ; Greenpeace and the Mass Media ; Green Lobbies and Consumer Boycotts ; Grassroots Environmentalism and Direct-Action Campaigns ; CHAPTER 8. THE NEW AMERICAN RIGHT ; Origins of the New Right ; Issue Campaigns ; The ERA Battle ; The Abortion Conflict ; Defining Women's Interests ; The Future of the New American Right? ; CHAPTER 9. THE GLOBAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT ; Origins of the Global Justice Movement ; Mobilizing Frames, Structures, and Opportunities ; Movement Strategies and Outcomes ; 10. Conclusion: Social Movements and Social Change ; Large-Scale Changes, Grievances, and Opportunities ; Movement Organization and Strategyshow more

About Suzanne Staggenborg

Professor Suzanne Staggenborg (PhD, Northwestern University) is Chair of the Sociology Department,University of Pittsburgshow more

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