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Social Movements

Suzanne Staggenborg

Publication Date - February 2010

ISBN: 9780195375084

224 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $44.95

A primer on social movements from a prime scholar in the field--including both theory and cases


Social movements around the world have used a wide variety of protest tactics to bring about enormous social changes, influencing cultural arrangements, public opinion, and government policies in the process. This concise yet in-depth primer provides a broad overview of theoretical issues in the study of social movements, illustrating key concepts with a series of case studies. It offers engaging analyses of the protest cycle of the 1960s, the women's movement, the gay and lesbian rights movement, the environmental movement, the new American right, and the global justice movement. Author Suzanne Staggenborg examines these social movements in terms of their strategies and tactics, the organizational challenges they faced, and the roles that the mass media and counter-movements played in determining their successes and failures. Ideal as a core text for courses in social movements/collective behavior and political sociology/social change, Social Movements is brief enough to be easily supplemented by a reader containing primary documents.

New to this Edition

  • Updated focus on American issues and movements


"This is the book we have been waiting for--a comprehensive yet lucid overview accessible to beginning students of social movements that also provides a valuable review of the field for graduate students. Staggenborg has written the clearest, best organized, most systematic summary of social movement analysis available today."--David Walls, Sonoma State University

"I can say without reservation that this is the text I would choose the next time I teach social movements; I would also definitely recommend it to colleagues."--Steven Mizrach, Florida International University

"This is an excellent introduction to the field of social movements for undergraduates. Staggenborg is successful in condensing a vast and varied literature into a concise volume that is nonetheless faithful to the overall emphases and themes in the social field."--Ziad Munson, Lehigh University

"The author's prose is lucid, accessible, and appropriate for an undergraduate text. The book couches major theoretical perspectives and empirical questions within case studies that the students should find very interesting."--Andrew Martin, Ohio State University

Table of Contents

    Chapters 1-9 end with Discussion Questions and Suggested Readings.
    Chapters 2-10 include Conclusions.
    Chapter 1. Introduction
    The Origins of the Social Movement
    Defining Social Movements
    Outline of the Book
    Chapter 2. Theories of Social Movements and Collective Action
    Collective Behavior Theory
    The Chicago School Approach to Collective Behavior
    Smelser's Theory of Collective Behavior
    Mass Society Theory
    Relative Deprivation Theory
    Resource Mobilization and Political Process Theories
    Resource Mobilization Theory
    Political Process Theory
    A Synthetic Approach
    New Social Movement Theory
    New Directions in Social Movement Theory
    Chapter 3. Issues in the Study of Social Movements and Collective Action
    Movement Emergence: Mobilization and Recruitment
    Influences on Mobilization
    Individual Recruitment and Participation
    Movement Maintenance, Growth, and Decline
    Social Movement Organizations
    Movement Strategies and Campaigns
    Movements within Institutions, Other Social Movements, and Culture
    Movement Outcomes
    Movements and Media
    Methods of Social Movement Research
    Chapter 4. The Protest Cycle of the 1960s
    The Rise, Decline, and Significance of the Protest Cycle
    The American Civil Rights Movement
    The Rise of New Left Student and Antiwar Movements
    Legacies of the Protest Cycle of the 1960s
    Chapter 5. The Women's Movement
    Origins of the Second Wave
    Mobilizing Issues of the Second Wave
    The ERA Campaign
    Women's Health and Reproductive Rights
    Violence against Women
    Feminist Survival and the Emergence of the Third Wave
    The Global Women's Movement
    Maintenance and Growth of the Women's Movement
    Chapter 6. The Gay and Lesbian Movement
    Origins of the Gay and Lesbian Movement
    Gay and Lesbian Liberation
    Struggles for Equal Rights
    AIDS Activism and Queer Politics
    Relationship Recognition and Same-Sex Marriage
    Influences on Movement Strategies and Outcomes
    Chapter 7. The Environmental Movement
    Origins of the Environmental Movement
    Public Support for Enviromentalism
    Participation in the Environmental Movement
    Debates on the Direction of the Environmental Movement
    Greenpeace and the Mass Media
    Green Lobbies and Consumer Boycotts
    Grassroots Environmentalism and Direct-Action Campaigns
    The Clayoquot Sound Protests
    The Anti-Roads Movement
    Chapter 8. The New American Right
    Origins of the New Right
    Young Americans for Freedom
    Local Community Networks and Organizations
    Electoral Politics and Political Opportunity
    Elite Support and Expanded Resources
    Issue Campaigns
    Antifeminist Campaigns
    The ERA Battle
    The Abortion Conflict
    Defining Women's Interests
    Antigay Campaigns
    Antienvironmental Campaigns
    The Future of the New American Right?
    Chapter 9. The Global Justice Movement
    Origins of the Global Justice Movement
    Mobilizing Frames, Structures, and Opportunities
    Movement Strategies and Outcomes
    10. Conclusion: Social Movements and Social Change
    Large-Scale Changes, Grievances, and Opportunities
    Movement Organization and Strategy