Drawing on a wide range of social science disciplines and approaches, each chapter in this book offers a comprehensive analysis of social protest, political dissent and collective action. The distinguished scholars contributing to the book discuss some of the key theoretical and methodological issues in social protest research, and analyse recent instances of collective dissent around the globe, ranging from the 15M movement in Spain, to the 2011 Salford riots in the UK, to Pro-Palestinian activism in Jerusalem. The result of these contributions is a sophisticated and multifaceted collection that enriches our understanding of why, when, and how groups of people decide to act collectively in order to pursue political change. The book is a timely testament to the vitality of the field. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.
1. Social sciences and social movements: the theoretical context Giovanni A. Travaglino
2. Unity within diversity: a social psychological analysis of the internal diversity of the Indignados movement Tiina Likki
3. The political economy of Israel’s ‘social justice’ protests: a class and generational analysis Zeev Rosenhek and Michael Shalev
4. Hashtags, ruling relations and the everyday: institutional ethnography insights on social movements Bram Meuleman and Corra Boushel
5. A matter of law and order: reporting the Salford riots in local news webpages Sharon Coen and Caroline Jones
6. The moral economy of the UK student protest movement 2010–2011 Joseph Ibrahim
7. Networks, counter-networks and political socialisation – paths and barriers to high-cost/risk activism in the 2010/11 student protests against fees and cuts Alexander Hensby
8. Something’s wrong here: transnational dissent and the unimagined community Brian Callan
9. Why the psychology of collective action requires qualitative transformation as well as quantitative change Andrew G. Livingstone
Contemporary Issues in Social Science is an interdisciplinary, international series, which provides a forum for disseminating and enhancing theoretical, empirical and/or pragmatic research across the social sciences and related disciplines. Reflecting the objectives of the Academy of Social Sciences, it emphasises the publication of work that engages with issues of major public interest and concern across the world, and highlights the implications of that work for policy and professional practice.