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Social Movements in Advanced Capitalism : The Political Economy and Cultural Construction of Social Activism - Steven M. Buechler

Social Movements in Advanced Capitalism

The Political Economy and Cultural Construction of Social Activism

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780195126044
Number Of Pages: 256

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Building on a critical overview of current social movement theory, this book presents a structural model for analyzing social movements in advanced capitalism. This model provides a historically specific analysis that locates movements in global, national, regional, and local structures. The heart of the book draws on diverse theoretical traditions within sociology to specify the structural constraints and opportunities that comprise the environment in which movements mobilize and contest for power. These theoretical traditions include world system theory; critical theory; theories of class, race, and gender; and theories of everyday life. Movement dynamics are explored in terms of their dialectical relationship with these multiple levels of structure. The book also addresses the false dichotomies between political and cultural dimensions of social activism, and restores a critical, normative dimension to the analysis of social movements. Buechler makes a unique argument about the need to reorient social movement theory toward the structural, macrolevel contexts in which movements arise. Clearly presented, this thoughtful introduction links the theoretical traditions that make up the core of the discipline to the subfield of social movements. It is an excellent supplementary text for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in sociology as well as for courses in such related disciplines as collective action and political protest. Social Movements in Advanced Capitalism contains a detailed, critical overview of the collective behavior and social movement theories that have taken place over the past fifty years.

"Excellent survey of the social movements literature. Buechler does a wonderful job of focusing on the sociological nature of changes in contemporary politics and protest."--Ivan Evans, University of California, San Diego

Introduction Part I: The Sociology of Social Movements 1: Social Movements and Sociology: Siblings of Modernity 2: Social Movement Theory: A Sociology of Knowledge Analysis Part II: Social-Historical Structures and Collective Action 3: Global Structures: The World-Capitalist System 4: National Structures: Crisis, Colonization and Post-Fordism 5: Regional Structures: Class, Race, and Gender 6: Local Structures: The Politics of Everyday Life Part III: The Political and the Cultural in Collective Action 7: The Political: State Politics and Social Politics 8: The Cultural: Identity, Ideology and Organization Epilogue References Index

ISBN: 9780195126044
ISBN-10: 0195126041
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 16.41  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.37