"A rich compilation of classical readings on social movement theory and studies brought together and introduced by two well–known scholars. Discussion questions, recommended readings, short biographies of activists and historical accounts of movements make this 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 to social, cultural and political change." –– Donatella della Porta , European University Institute “A rich and diverse introduction to the central puzzles in the field. This second edition will provide an excellent foundation for students seeking a deeper understanding of activism, protest, and movements.” –– Kenneth T. Andrews , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
From the Back Cover
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.