Social Stratification and Social Movements: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on an Ambivalent Relationship, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social Stratification and Social Movements

Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on an Ambivalent Relationship, 1st Edition

Edited by Sabrina Zajak, Sebastian Haunss


224 pages

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This volume takes up the question of the connection between social movements and societal structures, addressing the neglect in social movement studies of the role of social stratification as a reason or cause for protest. Exploring the link between protest mobilization and social stratification, it challenges the assumption that with regard to social inequality, social movements are expressions of antagonistic class interests. Presenting case studies that put the European experience of social mobilization into broader, comparative perspective, Social Stratification and Social Movements connects social stratification to the emergence of protest, and its impact on the structure of society thus contributing to the development of theory dealing with the evolution and consequences of social movements.

Table of Contents

1. Social Stratification and Social Movements: An Introduction

Sebastian Haunss and Sabrina Zajak

2. Social Movements, Stratification, and International Political Economy Integrating Insights

Sabrina Zajak and Christoph Sorg

3. Social Movement Unionism: Theoretical Foundation and Empirical Evidence

Klaus Dörre

4. New Cleavages in the Knowledge Society? Social Movements and the Production, Use, and Valorization of Knowledge.

Sebastian Haunss

5. Class Counts, but Social Background Matters. Habitus-Structure Conflicts and Social Inequality in Protest Research

Lars Schmitt

6. Crowd-Cleavage Alignment. Do Protest-Issues and Protesters’ Cleavage Position Align?

Marie Louise Damen, and Jacquelien van Stekelenburg

7. Adapting Environmental and Climate Justice to Local Political Struggles in South Africa

Melanie Müller

8. Movement Goals, Recruitment Strategies, and Stratification: How Mitigation and Adaptation Shape Inclusion in Climate Justice Projects

Joost de Moor

9. Mobilization of the Most Deprived – Insights from Brazilian Movements of Homeless People and Recyclable Materials Collectors

Britta Baumgarten

10. Social Movements and Intersectionality: The Case of Migrants’ Social Activism

Katarzyna Wojnicka

About the Editors

Sabrina Zajak is leader of the Department Consensus and Conflict at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research, Berlin, and Assistant Professor for globalization conflicts, social movement and labour at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Institute for Social Movements, Germany. She is the author of Transnational Activism, Global Labour Governance, and China.

Sebastian Haunss is founding member of the Institute for Social Movement Studies (ipb) and Professor of Political Science at the University of Bremen Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) where he leads the research group on Social Conflicts. He is author of Conflicts in the Knowledge Society. The Contentious Politics of Intellectual Property.

About the Series

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field, this series publishes a broad range of research in social movements, protest and contentious politics. This is a growing field of social science research that spans sociology and political science as well as anthropology, geography, communications and social psychology. Enjoying a broad remit, the series welcomes books on the following topics: social movement networks; social movements in the global South; social movements, protest, and culture; personalist politics, such as living environmentalism, guerrilla gardens, anticonsumerist communities, and anarchist-punk collectives; and emergent repertoires of contention.

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Subject Categories

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