Social Movements in the 21st Century: New Paradigms

Series Editor: Kevin McDonald

Moving beyond the interpretative frameworks constructed to make sense of social movements half a century ago, Social Movements in the 21st Century: New Paradigms seeks to renew our understanding of collective action today.

With a focus on social and political actors and experience, this series provides a space for engaging with emerging forms of action and organization, subjectivities, embodiment, and new forms of solidarity. It values theoretical work and methodological innovation, rooted in western and non-western research, and seeks to engage with key questions linking movements to wider social and political transformations, in particular to shifts in contemporary capitalism and globalization.

Its focus includes moral imaginations and the production of ethics, emerging organizational practices, the significance of new media, digital technologies and new forms of communication, the role of art and imagination in action, the reconfiguration of public and private, and experiments in contemporary democracy. The series welcomes studies linking empirical work and theoretical renewal. These may include studies of action in workplaces, cities or neighbourhoods and address questions ranging from sexuality to race, with a focus on emerging forms of mobilisation, from digital action to occupations.

Moving beyond the 20th century’s progressive and secular paradigm in social movement studies, the series seeks to engage with the breadth of collective action today, whether in the form of religious movements, populist and antidemocratic movements, or violent movements, – as in the form of contemporary terrorism.

Kevin McDonald is Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University, UK. A member of the Editorial Board of Social Movement Studies, he is the author of Our Violent World: Terrorism in Society; Global Movements: Action and Culture; and Struggles for Subjectivity: Identity, Action, and Youth Experience. He is the co-author of Sociology: Themes and Perspectives.

To submit a book proposal, contact Kevin McDonald ( or Neil Jordan (

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    Edited by John Fahy, Jan-Jonathan Bock

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    Hardback – 2019-08-02 
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    Hardback – 2019-01-31
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