This work provides a review essay of social movement theory from the end of World War II to the mid-1990's, focusing primarily on the United States, with some attention to European scholarship as well.
The authors identify three distinct paradigm shifts in the field of social movements. The first period, occurring in the 1940's and 1950's, was characterized by negativity toward social movements, and a tendency to explain them in terms of social psychology. During the second period of the 1960's, social movement theories tended to stress movements as positive, rational undertakings to change structural conditions. During the final period of study, from the 1970s to the 1990s, a fragmentation of movement structure appeared, and thus, the authors theorize, this period could be labeled one of deconstruction.
A more detailed look at the individual social and political movements involved in each of these periods is also provided, including: pro-democracy, human rights, and civil rights; environmentalism; religious movements (especially Christian and Islamic); feminism and women's movements; gay and lesbian movements; conservatives and the New Right; the Left, Nazis, Fascists, neo-Nazis, and ethno-racism; and nationalism and ethno-nationalism.
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Roberta Garner is Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. John Tenuto is a graduate student at DePaul University.Review:
...contains not only an annotated list of resources for the study of social movement theory but also a review of social research conducted since the end of WWII...beginning researchers as well as experts in the field will find this resource useful. (Choice)
...an excellent guide and a must-addition to all academic libraries...an invaluable reference source for both the student and researcher. (Arba)
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Book Description Scarecrow Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG081083197X