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Social Movements, 1768-2008

2nd Edition

By Charles Tilly, Lesley J. Wood


208 pages

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This expanded second edition of Tilly's widely acclaimed 2004 book brings this analytical history of social movements fully up to date. Tilly and Wood cover such recent topics as immigrants' rights, new media technologies, anti-Olympic organizing in China, new mobilizations against the Iraq War, and the role of bloggers and Facebook in social movement activities. Coverage of these and other recent events serve to expand further the book's seminal theorizing and conceptualization of how social movements grew from eighteenth-century Europe to eventually fuel popular movements all over the world.


“Tilly is able to view history from an exceptional height in this short, highly readable book without losing attention to historical complexities. This book presents the lifelong thinking of a leading scholar and sets important research agendas for students of social movements in the twenty-first century. Essential for all collections.”


“Takes its readers on a tour of modern world history to show that within less than two and a half centuries a distinct political form arrived—the social movement. … Tilly’s recognition of changing political environments for movements is a step forward to looking at how this institutionalized political form actually hinges on the state–society relationship in contemporary societies.”

—Citizenship Studies

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition Preface to Second Edition Chapter 1: Social Movements as Politics Chapter 2: Inventions of the Social Movements Chapter 3: Nineteenth-Century Adventures Chapter 4: Twentieth-Century Expansion and Transformation Chapter 5: Social Movements Enter the Twenty-First Century Chapter 6: Democratization and Social Movements Chapter 7: Futures of Social Movements Discussion Questions References Publications on Social Movements by Charles Tilly, 1977-2008 Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General