The concept of networks and the techniques of social network analysis have each assumed increasing importance in social science in recent years, not least in relation to the analysis of collective action and particularly social movements. This timely collection offers a fascinating glimpse into the state of the art. Each chapter uses network analysis to tackle a different question regarding the nature and dynamics of social movement activity, and each reflects upon the advantages and limitations of the method for its purposes. The case studies focused upon are drawn from a variety of national contexts, both contemporary and historical, and both the methods used and the uses to which they are put are no less diverse. A must have book for anybody interested in social movement networks and contemporary ways of analysing them.
This book was published as a special issue of Social Movement Studies.
1. Social Movements and Social Networks: Introduction 2. Do Social Networks Really Matter in Contentious Politics? 3. Infectious Innovations? The Diffusion of Tactical Innovation in Social Movement Networks, the Case of Suffragette Militancy 4. Change in Covert Social Movement Networks: The ‘Inner Circle’ of the Provisional Irish Republican Army 5. Networks of Contention: The Shape of Online Transnationalism in Early Twenty-First Century Social Movement Coalitions 6. Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street 7. Who are the active and central actors in the ‘rising civil society’ in Mexico? 8. Beyond the Activist Ghetto: A Deductive Blockmodelling Approach to Understanding the Relationship between Contact with Environmental Organisations and Public Attitudes and Behaviour