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2nd Edition

Social Movements, 1768-2008

ISBN 9781594516115
Published July 30, 2009 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition -- Preface to Second Edition -- 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 -- Discussion Questions -- References -- Publications on Social Movements by Charles Tilly, 1977-2008 -- Index -- About the Authors.

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Charles Tilly was Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at ColumbiaUniversity, and is the author of fifty earlier books. He recently coauthored, withSidney Tarrow, Contentious Politics (Paradigm 2006). Lesley J. Wood is Assistant Professor of Sociology at York University. Her workon globalization and social movements has been published as book chapters andin the journals Mobilization and the Journal o f World Systems Research. She iscurrently working on a monograph about diffusion and direct action tactics.


“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.”
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