"A rich compilation of classical readings on social movement theoryand studies brought together and introduced by two well–knownscholars. Discussion questions, recommended readings, shortbiographies of activists and historical accounts of movements makethis reader an excellent tool in classes on social movements."–– Bert Klandermans, VU University Amsterdam
"Social movements play a crucial role in contemporary society:this rich collection explains why and how they contribute tosocial, cultural and political change." ––Donatella dellaPorta, European University Institute
A rich and diverse introduction to the central puzzles inthe field. This second edition will provide an excellent foundationfor students seeking a deeper understanding of activism, protest,and movements. ––Kenneth T. Andrews, University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill
From the Back Cover
Combining the strengths of both a reader and a textbook, thissecond edition of The Social Movements Reader
not onlyexpands on the collection of "classic" texts, but also provides themost important and readable articles and book selections on socialmovements from recent decades.
Requiring no prior knowledge about social movements, this newedition includes definitions of key concepts, biographies ofexemplary leaders, new developments in the field, and timelines ofseveral ongoing social movements.
Analysing the specific resources, networks, structures, andenvironments of social movements, as well as the motivatingpsychology, ideas, political debates, emotions, and personal andcollective identities behind them, this is an engaging andilluminating collection for anyone curious about socialmovements.