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Social Movements

Second Edition

Suzanne Staggenborg

Publication Date - June 2015

ISBN: 9780199363599

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $52.95

A social movements primer that uses case studies to illustrate major theories and concepts in the field


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 LGBT movement, the environmental movement, right-wing movements, and global social justice movements. 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.

New to this Edition

  • Offers an expanded discussion of the civil rights movement
  • Provides up-to-date examinations of the LGBT movement, the women's movement, and global movements for social justice
  • An updated chapter on right-wing movements includes the Tea Party movement
  • Includes a restructured and updated chapter on the environmental movement
  • Integrates important new literature featuring the latest scholarship

About the Author(s)

Suzanne Staggenborg is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the coeditor, with Bert Klandermans, of Methods of Social Movement Research (2002) and the author of Gender, Family, and Social Movements (1998) and The Pro-Choice Movement (OUP, 1991).

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 2010

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: Introduction
    The Origins of the Social Movement
    Defining Social Movements
    Outline of the Book
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    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
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    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
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    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
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    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 Among New Generations
    The Global Women's Movement
    Maintenance and Growth of the Women's Movement
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 6: The LGBT Movement
    Origins of the LGBT 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
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 7: The Environmental Movement
    Origins of the Environmental Movement
    Mobilizing Support for Environmentalism
    Debates on the Power and 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
    Fossil Fuel Resistance
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 8: American Right-Wing Movements
    Origins of the New Right
    Young Americans for Freedom
    Local Community Networks and Organizations
    Electoral Politics and Political Opportunity
    Elite Support and Expanded Resources
    The Tea Party Movement
    Issue Campaigns
    Antifeminist Campaigns
    The ERA Battle
    The Abortion Conflict
    Defining Women's Interests
    Antigay Campaigns
    Antienvironmental Campaigns

    The Future of Right-Wing Movements
    Transnational Right-Wing Movements
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 9: Global Movements for Social Justice
    Origins of the Global Justice Movement
    Mobilizing Frames, Structures, and Opportunities
    Movement Strategies and Outcomes
    Discussion Questions
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 10: Conclusion: Social Movements and Social Change
    Large-Scale Changes, Grievances, and Opportunities
    Movement Organization and Strategy