Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics

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Cambridge University Press, May 13, 1998 - Political Science - 271 pages
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Unlike political or economic institutions, social movements have an elusive power, but one that is no less real. This study surveys the history of the social movement, puts forward a theory of collective action to explain its surges and declines, and offers an interpretation of the power of movement that emphasizes its effects on personal lives, policy reforms and political culture. While covering cultural, organizational and personal sources of movements' power, the book emphasizes the rise and fall of social movements as part of political struggle and as the outcome of changes in political opportunity structure. This second edition has an entirely new chapter, major additions to the bibliography, new illustrative materials in many of the chapters and a new conclusion.
 

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Contents

Contentious Politics and Social Movements
10
The Birth of the Modern Social Movement
27
Modular Collective Action
29
Print and Association
43
State Building and Social Movements
54
From Contention to Social Movements
69
Political Opportunities and Constraints
71
Acting Contentiously
91
The Dynamics of Movement
139
Cycles of Contention
141
Struggling to Reform
161
Transnational Contention
176
The Future of Social Movements
196
Notes
211
Sources
233
Index
263

Framing Contention
106
Mobilizing Structures and Contentious Politics
123

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