Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements: Political Opportunities, Mobilizing Structures, and Cultural Framings

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Doug McAdam, John D. McCarthy, Mayer N. Zald
Cambridge University Press, Jan 26, 1996 - Political Science - 426 pages
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Social movements such as environmentalism, feminism, nationalism, and the anti-immigration movement figure prominently in the modern world. Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements examines social movements in a comparative perspective, focusing on the role of ideology and beliefs, mechanisms of mobilization, and how politics shapes the development and outcomes of movements. It includes case studies of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, and West Germany.
  

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Contents

Conceptual origins current problems future directions
23
States and opportunities The political structuring of social movements
41
Social movements and the state Thoughts on the policing of protest
62
Opportunities and framing in the Eastern European revolts of 1989
93
Opportunities and framing in the transition to democracy The case of Russia
122
MOBILIZING STRUCTURES
139
Constraints and opportunities in adopting adapting and inventing
141
The organizational structure of new social movements in a political context
152
FRAMING PROCESSES
259
Culture ideology and strategic framing
261
Framing political opportunity
275
Accessing public media electoral and governmental agendas
291
Media discourse movement publicity and the generation of collective action frames Theoretical and empirical exercises in meaning construction
312
The framing function of movement tactics Strategic dramaturgy in the American civil rights movement
338
Notes
357
References
379

The impact of national contexts on social movement structures A crossmovement and crossnational comparison
185
Organizational form as frame Collective identity and political strategy in the American labor movement 18801920
205
The collapse of a social movement The interplay of mobilizing structures framing and political opportunities in the Knights of Labor
227

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About the author (1996)

McCarthy is professor in the Department of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University.

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