Social Movements

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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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 this book, the author explores key theoretical issues in the study of social movements through aseries of case studies. The aboriginal rights movement, the women's movement, the gay and lesbian rights movement, the environmental movement, and the global justice movement are studied. The author describes and analyzes social movements in terms of their strategies and tactics, the organizationalchallenges they faced, and the role the mass media and counter-movements played in determining their successes and failures.

Author Biography

Suzanne Staggenborg is Professor of Sociology at McGill University and the author of The Pro-Choice Movement (1991), Gender, Family and Society (1997), and Methods of Social Movement Research, with Bert Klandermans (2002).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Origins of the Social Movementp. 3
Defining Social Movementsp. 4
Outline of the Bookp. 8
Discussion Questionsp. 10
Suggested Readingsp. 10
Theories of Social Movements and Collective Actionp. 11
Collective Behaviour Theoryp. 11
Resource Mobilization and Political Process Theoriesp. 15
New Social Movement Theoryp. 20
New Directions in Social Movement Theoryp. 22
Conclusionp. 24
Discussion Questionsp. 24
Suggested Readingsp. 25
Issues in the Study of Social Movements and Collective Actionp. 26
Movement Emergence: Mobilization and Recruitmentp. 26
Movement Maintenance, Growth, and Declinep. 31
Movement Outcomesp. 37
Movements and Mediap. 39
Conclusionp. 41
Discussion Questionsp. 42
Suggested Readingsp. 42
The Protest Cycle of the 1960sp. 43
The Rise, Decline, and Significance of the Protest Cyclep. 44
The American Civil Rights Movementp. 46
The Rise of New Left Student and Anti-War Movementsp. 48
Legacies of the Protest Cycle of the 1960sp. 51
Conclusionp. 53
Discussion Questionsp. 53
Suggested Readingsp. 53
Aboriginal Protest/Howard Ramosp. 55
Communities, Bystanders, and Critical Eventsp. 55
The Rise of Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Mobilizationp. 58
The White Paperp. 59
From Local Communities to National Political Organizationsp. 60
The Constitution Act, 1982p. 63
'Indian Summer' of 1990p. 65
International Attention and Nations within Nationsp. 67
Conclusionp. 69
Discussion Questionsp. 70
Suggested Readingsp. 70
The Women's Movementp. 71
Origins of the Second Wavep. 71
Mobilizing Issues of the Second Wavep. 74
Feminist Survival and the Emergence of the Third Wavep. 78
The Global Women's Movementp. 81
Maintenance and Growth of the Women's Movementp. 84
Conclusionp. 86
Discussion Questionsp. 87
Suggested Readingsp. 87
The Gay and Lesbian Movementp. 88
Origins of the Gay and Lesbian Movementp. 88
Gay and Lesbian Liberationp. 90
Struggles for Equal Rightsp. 93
AIDS Activism and Queer Politicsp. 96
Relationship Recognition and Same-Sex Marriagep. 98
Influences on Movement Strategies and Outcomesp. 100
Conclusionp. 102
Discussion Questionsp. 103
Suggested Readingsp. 103
The Environmental Movementp. 104
Origins of the Environmental Movementp. 104
Public Support for Environmentalismp. 106
Participation in the Environmental Movementp. 108
Debates on the Direction of the Environmental Movementp. 112
Greenpeace and the Mass Mediap. 114
Green Lobbies and Consumer Boycottsp. 116
Grassroots Environmentalism and Direct-Action Campaignsp. 118
Conclusionp. 121
Discussion Questionsp. 122
Suggested Readingsp. 122
The Global Justice Movementp. 123
Origins of the Global Justice Movementp. 123
Mobilizing Frames, Structures, and Opportunitiesp. 127
Movement Strategies and Outcomesp. 132
Conclusionp. 136
Discussion Questionsp. 136
Suggested Readingsp. 136
Conclusion: Social Movements and Social Changep. 137
Large-Scale Changes, Grievances, and Opportunitiesp. 137
Movement Organization and Strategyp. 139
Conclusionp. 141
Notesp. 142
Glossaryp. 144
Referencesp. 148
Indexp. 168
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