Social Movements (Themes in Canadian Sociology)

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Social Movements, third edition, is a core or supplemental text suitable for upper-year undergraduate social movements courses offered out of sociology, labour studies, and political science departments in both colleges and universities. It offers a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the field's historical background and major theories. Key issues are explored in the context of specific social movements and counter-movements active within Canada and around the world, showing how these movements originate, mobilize participants, and bring about social change. Chapters on the women's, Indigenous, LGBT, environmental, and global justice movements reveal exactly how these groups maximized their resources to attract followers and further their goals. The text also discusses the cluster of protest movements that arose in many countries in the 1960s and how the strategies and changes implemented then continue to influence collective action in the twenty-first century. The third edition is enhanced with photographs to help students visualize various social movements and includes content on recent movements such as the Arab Spring, Idle No More, the Quebec student movement, and Occupy.

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Suzanne Staggenborg is professor in and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and the former chair of sociology at McGill University. She has written two books for OUP Canada: The Pro-Choice Movement and the first two editions of Social Movements. She has also published the US version of Social Movements, now in its second edition. Howard Ramos is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. He has published on political sociology, Canadian Aboriginal mobilization, ethnicity and race, immigration, Atlantic Canada, and transnational human rights. He has published many articles and has contributed to several books, including a chapter on Aboriginal protest in the second edition of Social Movements. He is the co-author of Seeing Politics Differently: A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology, also published by Oxford University Press Canada.

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"The strength of the text is the efficiency with which it delivers a near encyclopedic breadth of coverage."
--Gary Bowden, University of New Brunswick

"Social Movements is an excellent anchor for a course on social movements. . . . In the end, it is likely to encourage students to delve deeper and want to read more."
--Lesley Wood, York University

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