9781441184283

Evaluating Social Movement Impacts Comparative Lessons from the Labor Movement in Turkey

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  • ISBN13:

    9781441184283

  • ISBN10:

    1441184287

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

Some social movements bring in quick, radical political and social changes while others get incorporated into existing systems or subjected to harsh repression. This book examines why social movements elicit different policy responses and their varying impact on the societies in which they occur. It also seeks to understand why seemingly inconsequential movements can nonetheless have enduring effects. These issues are explored through the comparative historical analysis of four labor movements, in the UK and the U.S. in the late 1800s -early 1900s, in Japan from 1945 to 1960, and in Turkey during the mid to late 1900s, which is the book's primary case study. Turkey's labor movement, although often seen as a failure, greatly influenced state-society relations and contemporary Turkish politics. This significant study offers a new framework of analysis by focusing on social movement impacts rather than successes or failures. This leads to having to reconsider the enduring effects of repressed or failed movements. By doing so, it will help researchers study the likely impact of social movements in today's politics.

Author Biography

Brian Mello is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Muhlenberg College, USA. His research focuses primarily on politics in the Middle East. He has published articles that focus on self-determination as a human right in the journal Social Theory and Practice and on the emergence of radical labor activism in Turkey in the journal Social Movement Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Impact of Alternative Collective Subjectivities / 2. Collective Subjectivities and Divergences in the Shaping of State-Labor Relations in Great Britain and the United States / 3. Dreams of Solidarity: Populism and State-Building in Turkey without Class Antagonism / 4. Recognition and Redistribution: The Politics and Impact of Labor Insurgency in Turkey, 1960-1980 / 5. Democracy and Economic Justice: Labor Activism and Contemporary Turkish Politics / 6. Japan, Turkey, and the Comparative Analysis of Social Movement Impacts

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