Protest and change: Studies in social movements

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The analysis of protest movements as sources of social change has been largely neglected in the social sciences. Oommen argues that until now the basic sources of change have been taken to be the economy or those watersheds in human history labelled as agrarian, industrial or information revolutions. By contrast, political revolutions have been accorded too little attention. In the first part of this book, the author explores the theoretical, conceptual and methodological issues in the study of social movements. He then goes on to examine specific methodological problems faced by analysts of on-going movements and explores the relationship between movements and institutions. In Part Two, he examines social movements in the macro-context of the nation-state while the final part considers the micro dimensions of social movements focusing on protest by specific social categories.

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'Protest and Change covers a wide spectrum of issues regarding the study of social movements. Though it does not dwell long on the analysis of any particular movement it deftly deploys the literature on social movements for illustrative purposes. With the institutionalisation of social movement studies in sociology curriculums this book should be an oft-used one.' - The Hindustan Times `A major contribution to the literature on social movements in the Third World.' - Choice `One of the interesting methodological discussions has been on the adequacy of observational models for the study of processes and events such as social movements...when Oommen considers ethnographic examples that have some density, his views are well-informed.' - The Book Review

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