The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts

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The Social Movements Reader, Second Edition, provides the most important and readable articles and book selections on recent social movements from around the world.

  • With selected readings and editorial material this book combines the strengths of a reader and a textbook
  • Reflects new developments in the study of social movements, both empirical and theoretical
  • Provides original texts, many of them classics in the field of social movements, which have been edited for the non-technical reader
  • Sidebars offer concise definitions of key terms as well as biographies of famous activists and chronologies of several key movements
  • Requires no prior knowledge about social movements or theories of social movements

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Combining the strengths of both a reader and a textbook, this second edition of The Social Movements Reader not only expands on the collection of "classic" texts, but also provides the most important and readable articles and book selections on social movements from recent decades.

Requiring no prior knowledge about social movements, this new edition includes definitions of key concepts, biographies of exemplary leaders, new developments in the field, and timelines of several ongoing social movements.

Analysing the specific resources, networks, structures, and environments of social movements, as well as the motivating psychology, ideas, political debates, emotions, and personal and collective identities behind them, this is an engaging and illuminating collection for anyone curious about social movements.

About the Author:

Jeff Goodwin is Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is the author of No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945–1991 (2001) and Choosing Terror (2010).

James M. Jasper is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written many books, including The Animal Rights Crusade (1992), The Art of Moral Protest (1997), and Getting Your Way (2006).

Together they have edited Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements (with Francesca Polletta) (2001), The Social Movements Reader (2003), Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Culture, and Emotion (2004), Social Movements: Critical Concepts in Sociology (2007), and The Contexts Reader (2007).

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