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4th Edition

Social Movements, 1768 - 2018

ISBN 9780367076085
Published August 16, 2019 by Routledge
332 Pages

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Social Movements 1768-2018 provides the most comprehensive historical account of the birth and spread of social movements. Renowned social scientist Charles Tilly applies his synthetic theoretical skills to explain the evolution of social movements across time and space in an accessible manner full of historical vignettes and examples. Tilly explains why social movements are but a type of contentious politics to decrease categorical inequalities. Questions addressed include what are the implications of globalization and new technologies for social movements, and what are the prospects for social movements? The overall argument includes data from mobilizations in England, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Russia, China, India, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, and Kazakhstan.

This new edition has been fully updated and revised with young researchers and students in mind. New case studies focus on social movements in Mexico, Spain, and the United States including Black Lives Matter, immigrants’ rights struggles, The Indignados, the Catalan movement for independence, #YoSoy132, Ayotzinapa43, mass incarceration and prisoner rights, and more. Timelines are included to familiarise the reader with the events discussed and discussion questions are framed to increase understanding of the implications, limits, and importance of historical and ongoing social movements.

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition
Preface to Second and Third Editions
Preface to Fourth Edition
Timeline for Part I

Part I. A Theory and History of Social Movements
  1. Social Movements as Politics
  2. Inventions of the Social Movement
  3. Nineteenth-Century Adventures
  4. Twentieth-Century Expansion and Transformation
  5. Social Movements Enter the Twenty-First Century
  6. Democratization and Social Movements
  7. Futures of Social Movements

Part II. Case Studies Contemporary Social Movements
  8. Analyzing Contemporary Social Movements
  9. The Movement for Immigrant Rights
  10. Challenging the 1 Percent: The Indignados and Occupy
  11. The Movement for Catalan Independence
  12. Social Movements in Contemporary Mexico
  13. The Movement for Black Lives
  14. Mass Incarceration and Prisoner Rights
  15. Anonymous: Digital Vigilantes

Discussion Questions
Publications on Social Movements by Charles Tilly

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Charles Tilly was Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University. He is the author of more than fifty books including The Vendée: A Sociological Analysis of the Counter-Revolution of 1793 (Harvard University Press 1964).

Ernesto Castañeda is Assistant Professor at American University in Washington, DC. He is the author of A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona (Stanford University Press 2018).

 Lesley J. Wood is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at York University in Toronto. She is the author of Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing (Pluto Press 2014).


This new edition of Tilly’s excellent book is much more than a simple update. Castañeda very helpfully combines the historical and theoretical complexity of Tilly’s original monograph with the accessibility of an undergraduate textbook to produce in one small space almost everything a course on social movements needs. The addition of new contemporary case studies—thoughtfully chosen and analyzed here and written collaboratively with Castañeda’s students––brings to life Tilly’s conceptual framework and provides a ready-made lesson plan to teach this framework for social movement analysis to graduate and undergraduate students. The cases are international in scope and include a focus on the role of social media and the internet where these new technologies have played important roles in movement mobilization. This new edition has also expanded the original chapter discussion questions and added a whole new set of research questions for the case studies that are guaranteed to generate good classroom discussions and interesting essays. Highly recommended! Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez, Whittier College

Charles Tilly (1929-2008) was one of our most insightful and imaginative analysts of social movements and related forms of political contention. His remarkable knowledge of contentious politics spanned centuries and continents. This accessible volume introduces readers to Tilly's ideas about the historical invention and global spread of social movements. And in this edition Tilly's students (and their students) bring the story right up to the present, drawing on Tilly's concepts to make sense of collective protest in the 21st century, including the immigrant rights movement, the Indignados and Occupy movement, and the Black Lives Matter movement. This volume will interest readers new to social movements as well as practiced scholars. Jeff Goodwin, New York University

This new edition of Social Movements builds on Charles Tilly and Lesley J. Wood’s now-classic work. Tilly’s position on what social movements are, how they operate, and why—and crucially, how they relate to other kinds of political action and what social movements are not—as ever provides needed clarity in an otherwise often-muddy field. Through a case-study approach, Ernesto Castañeda now builds a new story onto the already-impressive edifice: a guide for contemporary students to how Tilly’s approach can help us to make sense of what’s going on in contemporary movements, and also to see what might be changing in the landscape of contentious politics. John Krinsky, City University of New York