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Social Movements in Britain : Theory and Practice in British Politics - Paul Byrne

Social Movements in Britain

Theory and Practice in British Politics

Paperback Published: 4th September 1997
ISBN: 9780415071239
Number Of Pages: 208

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Over the last thirty years across Europe and America, more and more people have been turning their backs on mainstream politics and parties, and are pursuing more unconventional ways of making themselves heard. Recent research suggests that as many people in Britain are active in protest or similar movements as in the conventional political parties. Social Scientists have revived the idea of "Social Movements" to explain this. Paul Byrne's accessible and engaging study explores the theories surrounding these new movements of the 1980s and '90s. He begins by summarizing these theories and describing how such movements as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Women's Movement, and the Green Party have developed in Britain.

Introductionp. 1
Defining social movementsp. 10
The resurgence of social movementsp. 26
Theoretical ideasp. 35
Who are they?p. 62
CND and the peace movementp. 88
The women's movementp. 109
The green movementp. 128
Conclusionsp. 158
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 198
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ISBN: 9780415071239
ISBN-10: 0415071232
Series: Theory and Practice in British Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 4th September 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1