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Social Movements and Protest



Part of Key Topics in Sociology

  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521145817

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  • This lively textbook integrates theory and methodology into the study of social movements, and includes contemporary case studies to engage students and encourage them to apply theories critically. A wide range of protest cases are explored, from American, European and global arenas, including contemporary examples of political violence and terrorism, alter-globalisation, social networking and global activism. Key chapter features encourage students to engage critically with the material: method points uncover the methodology behind the theories, helping students to understand the larger study of social movements; debate points highlight classic arguments in social movement studies, encouraging students to critically assess theoretical approaches; and case studies connect theories to cases, allowing students to relate key principles to real-world examples. A companion website offers additional student and instructor resources, including lecture slides and worksheets.

    • Presents theory alongside cases, debates and methodologies within each thematic chapter – helping students to understand not only how others have approached the subject but how they might approach it themselves
    • Uses contemporary examples of shifts and social issues, such as political violence and terrorism, social networking, suffrage, anti-globalisation movements and global activism
    • Gives balanced attention to American, European and global social movements and theoretical traditions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… engaging and highly suitable for both undergraduate and graduate audiences. This highly accessible text provides a broad overview of central topics of interest to social movement scholars and provides insights into the ways in which movements are studied.' Andrew W. Martin, Ohio State University

    'The book to give to students discovering theories of social movements and one that academics too will happily browse to refresh rusty memories.' Sheila Rowbotham, Honorary Fellow, Manchester University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521145817
    • length: 295 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: conceptualizing social movements
    2. From the mad to the sane: collective behaviour and its critics
    3. From the rational to the relational: resource mobilization, organization, and social movement networks
    4. From political processes to cultural processes: political opportunity, frames, and contentious politics
    5. From old to new social movements: capitalism, culture, and the reinvention of everyday life
    6. From national to global social movements: network movements, alternative globalization, and new media
    7. From the pretty to the ugly: terrorism, social movement theory, and covert networks
    8. From collective behaviour to misbehaviour: redrawing the boundaries of political and cultural resistance
    9. Conclusion: the shifting terrain of social movement studies.

  • Author

    Gemma Edwards, University of Manchester
    Gemma Edwards is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University Manchester and a member of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis.

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