The social scientific study of social movements remains largely shaped by categories, concepts and debates that emerged in North Atlantic societies in the late 1960s and early 1970s, namely resource mobilization, framing, collective identity, and new social movements. It is now, however, increasingly clear that we are experiencing a profound period of social transformation associated with online interactivity, informationalization and globalization. Written by leading experts from around the world, the chapters in this book explore emerging forms of movement and action not only in terms of the industrialized countries of the North Atlantic, but recognizes the importance of globalizing forms of action and culture emerging from other continents and societies. This is the first book to bring together key authors exploring this transformation in terms of action, culture and movements. It not only engages with critical transformations in the nature of collective action, but also makes a significant contribution to the globalizing of sociology.
’This is an outstanding, timely and remarkably wide-ranging collection of articles on social movements, ranging across continents, and across a wide variety of movements, including rightwing movements. The editors and authors have considerable track records of social movement research and push the boundaries of social movement thinking.’ Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California Santa Barbara, USA ’This is an important contribution by distinguished social movement scholars that addresses the contemporary impact of movements. To my mind, there has never been a book of this path-breaking quality in the field. The editors cull case studies from around the world as they frame new movement practices through existing tensions between collectives and individuals, politics and culture. A collection of this sort allows us to grasp the radical transformations occurring within contemporary societies. Reimagining Social Movements: From Collectives to Individuals is a great global example of the sociological imagination.’ Shujiro Yazawa, Emeritus Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Japan ’This book is the most important review of contemporary social movements around the world. It not only describes them in all their varieties, but also moves beyond well known classical dichotomies to explain them: structural vs subjectivity, discontent vs foundational. Here you will find a complex interaction between all these dimensions, showing in one and the same instance, the hopes and failures of movements. The question remains open as to their future. This book contains all the necessary theoretical and methodological tools to address that critical question.’ Manuel Antonio GarretÃ³n, University of Chile and Chilean National Prize of Humanities and Social Sciences