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The power of politics : new social movements in France /
Jan Willem Duyvendak.
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c1995.
xii, 251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0813387221 (hardcover:alk. paper)
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c1995.
0813387221 (hardcover:alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references(p. [227]-251).
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
Duyvendak provides an insightful and copiously documented examination of the rise and fall of "new social movements" (NSMs) in France between 1975 and 1989. The work elaborates on the relationship between NSMs and the "political opportunity structure" in France. Duyvendak deconstructs prevailing assumptions regarding the uniqueness of NSMs, suggesting that at least relative to goals, participants, and action frames, they remain analogous to Old Left social movements. In particular, the claim that NSMs are not linked to "old" political cleavages (Right-Left and communist-noncommunist polarities) remains problematic in the French case. Empirical analysis indicates that the rise to power of the Left in 1981 did result in a significant decline in movement activity, as indicated by a content analysis of movement "events" reported in selected French and other western European newspapers. Although this decline is most evident for NSMs after 1981, other left movement activity also declined, but less precipitously. This dependence on the "old" party structure is not as evident in Germany, Switzerland, or the Netherlands in the same period, supporting the argument for French "exceptionalism" regarding the volume of NSM activity. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. M. Hand; Valdosta State University
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Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
The Movements That Vanishedp. 3
The Problem: French Exceptionalismp. 3
The Explanationsp. 4
The Bookp. 6
A Theory: Social Movements and Politicsp. 9
In Search of Social Movementsp. 9
Something New Under the Sun?p. 13
A Motivational Theory of Movement Actionp. 20
Types and Trajectoriesp. 28
The Political Opportunity Structurep. 32
Understanding Protestp. 34
Formal and Informal Politicsp. 39
The Formal Institutional Structure of the Statep. 43
Informal Procedures and Prevailing Strategies of Dealing with Challengers: Inclusive or Exclusive?p. 54
Formal and Informal Characteristics Combinedp. 56
Polarizing and Paralyzing Politicsp. 69
The Configuration of Powerp. 69
The French POS and the Perseverance of Traditional Protestp. 99
The Aborted Wavep. 109
The Queen of All Waves: May-June '68 and Its Aftermathp. 109
The NSM Wave from 1975 Through 1989p. 122
Seven Social Movementsp. 149
The Unknown Movement: The Peace Movementp. 149
The Strength of Solidarity: The Success of the Solidarity Movementp. 155
The Eternal Greenhorn in Politics: The Ecology Movementp. 166
Betrayal by Friends: The Fate of the Anti-Nuclear Movementp. 171
La Force des Femmes: The Women's Movementp. 181
From Revolution to Involution: The Disappearance of the Gay Movementp. 185
Squatting in Parisp. 196
Some Retrospective and Prospective Remarksp. 203
How to Escape from Political Families?p. 203
The End of French Exceptionalism?p. 209
Appendix A: The Newspaper Researchp. 215
Appendix B: French Governmentsp. 221
Appendix C: SMOs Interviewedp. 223
List of Abbreviationsp. 225
Bibliographyp. 227
About the Book and Authorp. 252
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