This timely Reader plays an important role in the field of social movements. It fills a significant gap by covering a number of connected areas within social studies.
Responding to growing demand for interpretation and analysis of re-emerging social conflicts in the developed, as well as the developing world, this timely collection is the outcome of the recent boost received by social movement studies since the spread of contention and collective action at international level and the growth of the 'anti-globalization’ movement.
Intended not only as a comprehensive introduction for undergraduates and postgraduates studying social movements, this volume also provides a truly global perspective, combining classic sociological thought and contemporary concerns.
This book provides an essential guide to ‘who is who’ in the field of social movement studies and includes reflective and documentary material on contemporary conflicts. This volume is also an incredibly valuable resource for more general modules on sociological theory, global sociology, the history of sociological thought, contemporary social theory, and international and globalization studies.
"A very precious instrument for those who want to read about social movements across time, space and approaches." – Donatella della Porta, European University, Italy
"In bleak or despairing times we fall back into history with its singular, unique stories, whereas in times of emerging confidence we demand from sociology the generalization of experience in the register of reason. Contemporary sociology requires debate, dialogue, and discussion within itself, and recollection and reconstitution from without its boundaries. In a brilliant selection of European and American readings grouped around the major interpretations of social movements, Ruggiero and Montagna have renewed the classic study of social collectivities with comprehensive critique and much-needed clarity." – Peter Linebaugh, University of Toledo, USA
"Hats off to the editors on a truly innovative collection of readings on social movements. Besides the "usual suspects," Ruggiero and Montagna have included selections from the likes of Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Simmel reminding us that an interest in conflict and collective action has been a part of sociology from the very beginning. And the section on "new global movements" is a welcome addition as well, redressing the longstanding western bias in the field." – Doug McAdam, Stanford University, USA
Part 1: Conflict and Collective Action. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: The Communist Manifesto. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. Karl Marx: The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. Emile Durkheim: The Division of Labour in Society. Emile Durkheim: The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. Georg Simmel: Conflict (On Individuality and Social Forms). Gustave Le Bon: The crowd. Part 2: Hegemony and Collective Behaviour. Max Weber: The City. Max Weber: Class, Status, Party. Antonio Gramsci: Notes on Italian History. Antonio Gramsci: The Modern Prince. Herbert Blumer: Social Movements. William Kornhauser: The Politics of Mass Society. Neil Smelser: Theory of Collective Behaviour. Part 3: Resource Mobilisation. Mancur Olson: The Logic of Collective Action. Anthony Oberschall: Social Conflict and Social Movements. John McCarthy and Mayer Zald: Resource Mobilisation and Social Movements: A Partial Theory. Craig Jenkins: Resource Mobilisation Theory and the Study of Social Movements. Gerard Marwell and Pamela Oliver: The Critical Mass in Collective Action. Part 4: Social Movements and the Political Process. Sidney Tarrow: Power in Movement. Sara Evans: Personal Politics. Peter K. Eisinger: The Conditions of Protest behaviour in American Cities. Hanspeter Kriesi and Dominique Wisler: Social Movements and Direct Democracy in Switzerland. Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward: Poor People’s Movements. Doug McAdam: Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency 1930-1970. Charles Tilly: Social Movements and National Politics. Part 5: New Social Movements. Jurgen Habermas: New Social Movements. Claus Offe: New Social Movements: Challenging the Boundaries of Institutional Politics. Alain Touraine: An Introduction to the Study of Social Movements. Alberto Melucci: A Strange Kind of Newness: What’s ‘New’ in New Social Movements?. Carol Mueller: Conflict Networks and the Origin of Women’s Liberation. Arturo Escobar and Sonia Alvarez: Theory and Protest in Latin America Today. Part 6: New Directions. Bert Klandermans: Mobilisation and participation: Social-Psychological Expansions of Resource Mobilisation Theory. David Snow et al: Frame Alignment Processes, Micromobilisation and Movement Participation. Mario Diani: The Concept of Social Movement. Ron Eyerman and Andrew Jamison: Social Movements: A Cognitive Approach. Doug McAdam, John McCarthy and Mayer Zald: Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements. Craig Calhoun: Putting Emotions in Their Place. Part 7: New Global Movements. Arjun Appadurai: Grassroots Globalisation. Marjorie Mayo: Globalisation and Gender: New Threats, New Strategies. Jackie Smith:Globalizing Resistance: The Battle of Seattle and the Future of Social Movements. Sanjeev Khagram, James V. Riker and Kathyn Sikkink: From Santiago to Seattle: Transnational Advocacy Groups Restructuring World Politics. Donatella Della Porta and Sidney Tarrow: Transnational Protest and Global Activism. Nicola Montagna: Social Movements and Global Mobilisations. Vincenzo Ruggiero: Dichotomies and Contemporary Social Movements. Index