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Social Movements

Critical Concepts in Sociology, 1st Edition

Edited by Jeff Goodwin, James Jasper


2,256 pages

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Hardback: 9780415378079
pub: 2007-02-28
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A social movement is a collective, organized, sustained and non-institutional challenge to authorities, power holders, or cultural beliefs and practices. In the modern world, social movements are one of the main ways that people try to control their lives and articulate their moral positions. From utopian and revolutionary efforts to start society anew to reactionary attempts to resist new technologies or trends, normal people often become embroiled in titanic struggles over the world’s future. These four volumes present major statements of how scholars have understood these movements over the past century. They are essential reading for anyone interested in social change, politics and real people in action.

Each volume examines a different set of dimensions behind the complex phenomenon of social movements. Volume one offers readings on the psychological dimensions of collective action, volume two on the resources and formal organizations that make most social movements possible. Volume three addresses the strategies, choices and creativity that make many movements such exciting efforts. Finally, volume four contains key readings on the meanings and feelings that propel or constrain participants.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Crowd Behavior and Psychological Perspectives 1. Classics 2. Relative Deprivation, Social Breakdown, and Emergent Norms 3. Rethinking Crowds and Collective Behaviour Volume 2: Organization and Infrastructure 1. Resource Mobilization 2. Organizational Forms 3. Networks and Recruitment 4. International Networks and Mobilization Volume 3: Politics and Strategy 1. Structural Opportunities 2. Political Processes 3. Leaders, Decisions, Strategy 4. Creativity and Outcomes Volume 4: Culture and Emotion 1. Programmed Societies 2. Grievances, Values, Meaning 3. Framing 4. Forms of Talk 5. Collective Solidarities 6. Emotions in Action

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Sociology

The Routledge Critical Concepts in Sociology series provides concise, authoritative reprints of key articles in sociology, collecting the essential secondary literature on key subjects. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, each set puts the development of fundamental concepts into their historical context, and provides students and researchers with a clear snapshot of current thinking. Collections span a multitude of subject areas, including religion, multiculturalism and celebrity.

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Subject Categories

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