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Complexity and Social Movements: Multitudes at the Edge of Chaos (International Library of Sociology) [Paperback]

Graeme Chesters , Ian Welsh
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22 Mar 2007 0415439744 978-0415439749
Fusing two key concerns of contemporary sociology: globalization and its discontents, and the 'complexity turn' in social theory, authors Chesters and Welsh utilize complexity theory to analyze the shifting constellation of social movement networks that constitute opposition to neo-liberal globalization. They explore how seemingly chaotic and highly differentiated social actors interacting globally through computer mediated communications, face-to-face gatherings and protests constitute a 'multitude' not easily grasped through established models of social and political change.

Drawing upon extensive empirical research and utilizing concepts drawn from the natural and social sciences this book suggests a framework for understanding mobilization, identity formation and information flows in global social movements operating within complex societies. It suggests that this 'movement of movements' exhibits an emergent order on the edge of chaos, a turbulence that is recasting political agency in the twenty-first century.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (22 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415439744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415439749
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,587,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is the first seriously theoretical and empirically rich book I've found on the new global movements. It manages to bring together social movement studies, the neo-vitalism of Gilles Deleuze and complexity theory in one text'
Amazon.co.uk. - PhD Student, Cambridge

'...there is a lot to like and admire about Complexity and Social Movements.... The obligatory discussion (seemingly mandatory in books about ‘globalization’) about ‘global civil society’ is excellent and important, and other fascinating insights can be garnered throughout the book. The book would best serve as a text for a graduate-level social theory course or maybe a special-topics seminar on globalization.'
-Dana Williams, Valdosta State University, in Social Movement Studies, vol 10 iss 4


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This is the first seriously theoretical and empirically rich book I've found on the new global movements. It manages to bring together social movement studies, the neo-vitalism of Gilles Deleuze and complexity theory in one text - quite an achievement!
If you want to understand the potential of these new movements and their importance for theories of social change it's well worth a look. I was passed an advanced copy by my supervisor, but I reckon it should be in Uni libraries soon.
PhD Student, Cambridge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars real deal 15 July 2009
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theoretically rich and original whilst remaining true to the game. a rare combination in this field. one of the best academic texts for understanding the anti-capitalist globalization movement
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4.0 out of 5 stars Think about it 16 Nov 2006
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Unfortunately the authors' don't set the price the publishers do. Why

not complain to Routledge or order it from the library. I'm sure the

authors are as annoyed about the price as you are. Hopefully it will come out in paperback which will make it more affordable. Academic publishing practices are keeping lots of good material out of the reach of those who might be interested, and the authors will be making hardly anything of this, given hardback print runs top out at 300 copies and the authors get a measly 5%. Lets do the math, If they sell them all I reckon they'd make about $1800 between two of them for writing a book! That's way under minimum wage!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wow! You're like completely useless! THANKS! 16 Jun 2006
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Hey! This book is so useful being 112 dollars or whatever that i'll be sure to distro them while tabling at the next protest!

In fact, we regularly make sure to pass around books that are a minimum of 100 dollars while on the barricades, it really is a central tactic. These authors actually started the Million Dollar Book Bloc.

I wish 35 more academics could make their careers off other people's grassroots activism, and maybe next time they could charge 100 MORE dollars and then the REVOLUTION would HAPPEN, MAN!

Thanks soooo much to the authors! We'd like, almost read this!
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