Methods of Social Movement Research

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Bert Klandermans, Suzanne Staggenborg
U of Minnesota Press, 2002 - Social Science - 382 pages
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Citing the critical importance of empirical work to social movement research, the editors of this volume have put together the first systematic overview of the major methods used by social movement theorists. Original chapters cover the range of techniques: surveys, formal models, discourse analysis, in-depth interviews, participant observation, case studies, network analysis, historical methods, protest event analysis, macro-organizational analysis, and comparative politics. Each chapter includes a methodological discussion, examples of studies employing the method, an examination of its strengths and weaknesses, and practical guidelines for its application.
 

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Contents

Survey Research A Case for Comparative Designs
3
Formal Models in Studying Collective Action and Social Movements
32
Verification and Proof in Frame and Discourse Analysis
62
SemiStructured Interviewing in Social Movement Research
92
Seeing Structure Happen TheoryDriven Participant Observation
118
The Case Study and the Study of Social Movements
146
Netwark Analysis
173
Recovering Past Protest Historical Research on Social Movements
201
Protest Event Analysis
231
MacroOrganizational Analysis
260
Comparative Politics and Social Movements
286
Blending Methods and Building Theories in Social Movement Research
314
Contributors
351
Index
357
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