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Social Movements : Identity, Culture, and the State - David S. Meyer

Social Movements

Identity, Culture, and the State

By: David S. Meyer (Editor), Nancy Whittier (Editor), Belinda Robnett (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th June 2002
ISBN: 9780195143560
Number Of Pages: 384

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Why do social movements take the forms they do? How do activists' efforts and beliefs interact with the cultural and political contexts in which they work? Why do activists take particular strategic paths, and how do their strategies affect the course and impact of the movement? Social Movements aims to bridge the gap between "political opportunities" theorists who look at the circumstances and effects of social movement efforts and "collective identity theorists" who focus on the reconstruction of meaning and identity through collective action. The volume brings together scholars from a variety of perspectives to consider the intersections of opportunities and identities, structures and cultures, in social movements. Representing a new generation of social movement theory, the contributors build bridges between political opportunities and collective identity paradigms, between analyses of movements' internal dynamics and their external contexts, between approaches that emphasize structure and those that emphasize culture. They cover a wide range of case studies from both the U.S. and Western Europe as well as from less developed countries. Movements include feminist organizing in the U.S. and India, lesbian/gay movements, revolutionary movements in Burma, the Philippines, and Indonesia, labor campaigns in England and South Africa, civil rights movements, community organizing, political party organizing in Canada, student movements of the left and right, and the Religious Right. Many chapters also pay explicit attention to the dynamics of gender, race, and class in social movements. Combining a variety of perspectives on a wide range of topics, the contributors' synthetic approach shifts the field of social movements forward in important new directions.

"This volume will be very useful for advanced undergraduate classes that are studying social movements. With its impressive breadth, students will be able to get a taste of much of what research in social movements has to offer."-- Social Forces "Mandatory reading for students of social movements and collective action and an important contribution to the theoretical development of the field."--American Journal of Sociology "The book is clearly written and the cases instructive." --CHOICE "This volume will be very useful for advanced undergraduate classes that are studying social movements. With its impressive breadth, students will be able to get a taste of much of what research in social movements has to offer."-- Social Forces "Mandatory reading for students of social movements and collective action and an important contribution to the theoretical development of the field."--American Journal of Sociology "The book is clearly written and the cases instructive." --CHOICE

Acknowledgements
Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Opportunities and Identities: Bridge-Building in the Study of Social Movementsp. 3
Notesp. 21
States and Policiesp. 23
Introduction To Part IIp. 25
State Repression and Democracy Protest in Three Southeast Asian Countriesp. 28
Notesp. 45
Mobilization on the South African Gold Minesp. 47
Notesp. 64
Multiple Mediations: The State and the Women's Movements in Indiap. 66
Notesp. 84
The Contradictions of Gay Ethnicity: Forging Identity in Vermontp. 85
Notesp. 103
Creating Social Change: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movementp. 105
Notesp. 115
Organizations and Strategiesp. 119
Introduction To Part IIIp. 121
The "Meso" in Social Movement Researchp. 124
Strategizing and the Sense of Context: Reflections on the First Two Weeks of the Liverpool Docks Lockout, September-October 1995p. 140
Notesp. 155
Factions and the Continuity of Political Challengersp. 157
Notesp. 170
More Than One Feminism: Organizational Structure and the Construction of Collective Identityp. 171
Notesp. 183
The Development of Individual Identity and Consciousness among Movements of the Left and Rightp. 185
Notesp. 200
Collective Identities, Discourse, and Culturep. 203
Introduction To Part IVp. 205
Toward a More Dialogic Analysis of Social Movement Culturep. 208
Notesp. 225
Materialist Feminist Discourse Analysis and Social Movement Research: Mapping the Changing Context for "Community Control"p. 226
Notesp. 245
From the "Beloved Community" to "Family Values": Religious Language, Symbolic Repertoires, and Democratic Culturep. 247
Notesp. 265
External Political Change, Collective Identities, and Participation in Social Movement Organizationsp. 266
Notesp. 286
Conclusionp. 287
Meaning and Structure in Social Movementsp. 289
Notesp. 308
Referencesp. 309
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780195143560
ISBN-10: 0195143566
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th June 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.53