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Social Movements and Organization Theory


Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, John L. Campbell, Michael Lounsbury, Timothy Vogus, Gerald F. Davis, Marc Schneiberg, Sarah A. Soule, Elizabeth Armstrong, John McCarthy, Jackie Smith, Mayer N. Zald, Calvin Morrill, Hayagreeva Rao, David Strang, Dong-Il Jung, Maureen A. Scully, W. E. Douglas Creed, Elizabeth Clemens
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  • Date Published: May 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521548366


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  • Although the fields of organization theory and social movement theory have long been viewed as belonging to different worlds, recent events have intervened, reminding us that organizations are becoming more movement-like and volatile and politicized while movements are more likely to borrow strategies from organizations. Topics covered in this volume range from globalization and transnational social movement organizations to community recycling programs.

    • Integrative literature reviews and commentaries are followed by state-of-the-art empirical studies of varied movements and organizations
    • Organizations, in their modern configuration, now behave more like movements than their bureaucratic forbears
    • Organizations and movements need to be viewed as two phases within the same, more general, process of creating and reforming social structures
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Davis, McAdam, Scott, and Zald have assembled superb scholarso in an enterprise that is truly more than the sum of its parts."
    Frank Dobbin, Harvard University

    "...fascinating and fruitful. The book breaks important new ground..."
    Neil Fligstein, University of California, Berkeley

    "In his influential statement on the development of middlerange theory, Merton pressed social scientists to develop “a progressively more general conceptual scheme that is adequate to consolidate groups of special theories.” Despite this call to action, scholarship in many substantive areas, including administrative science, has become increasingly balkanized and dominated by specialized concerns. Social Movements and Organization Theory is a welcome antidote to this trend, deftly combining theory and empirical findings from two of the most vibrant areas of sociology... [A] must read for researchers in both fields."
    Administrative Science Quarterly

    "a groundbreaking work such as this reflects the innovation of its sources rather than its comprehensiveness, so its implications are more far reaching than can be covered in one volume. These essays represent, nonetheless, considerable progress towards the integration of two perspectives encompassing social change and stability and will serve as an invaluable resource to students of social movements and organizations for years to come." - Mathew E. Archibald, Emory University

    "Social Movements and Organizational theory is a significant, theoretically edited volume that draws on senior scholars of organization thory and social movements organizations...this limited space cannot begin to do justice to the rich and varied contributions of this book" - Heidi Swarts, Rutgers University, Perspectives on Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521548366
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Creating a Common Framework:
    1. Organizations and movements Doug McAdam and W. Richard Scott
    2. Where do we stand? Common mechanisms in organizations and social movements research John L. Campbell
    Part II. Political and Mobilization Context:
    3. Institutional variation in the evolution of social movements: competing logics and the spread of recycling advocacy groups Michael Lounsbury
    4. Elite mobilizations for antitakeover legislation, 1982–1990 Timothy Vogus and Gerald F. Davis
    5. Institutionalization as a contested, multilevel process: the case of rate regulation in American fire insurance Marc Schneiberg and Sarah A. Soule
    6. From struggle to settlement: the crystallization of a field of lesbian/gay organizations in San Francisco, 1969–1973 Elizabeth Armstrong
    Part III. Social Movement Organizations: Form and Structure:
    7. Persistence and change among federated social movement organizations John McCarthy
    8. Globalization and transnational social movement organizations Jackie Smith
    Part IV. Movements Penetrating Organizations:
    9. How do social movements penetrate organizations? Environmental impact and organizational response Mayer N. Zald, Calvin Morrill, and Hayagreeva Rao
    10. Organizational change as an orchestrated social movement: recruitment to a corporate quality initiative David Strang and Dong-Il Jung
    11. Subventing our stories of subversion Maureen A. Scully and W. E. Douglas Creed
    Part V. Conclusion:
    12. Social change, social theory, and the convergence of movements and organizations Gerald F. Davis and Mayer N. Zald
    12. Two kinds of stuff: the current encounter of social movements and organizations Elizabeth Clemens.

  • Editors

    Gerald F. Davis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Doug McAdam, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California

    W. Richard Scott, Stanford University, California

    Mayer N. Zald, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


    Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, John L. Campbell, Michael Lounsbury, Timothy Vogus, Gerald F. Davis, Marc Schneiberg, Sarah A. Soule, Elizabeth Armstrong, John McCarthy, Jackie Smith, Mayer N. Zald, Calvin Morrill, Hayagreeva Rao, David Strang, Dong-Il Jung, Maureen A. Scully, W. E. Douglas Creed, Elizabeth Clemens

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