Social movements : ideologies, interests, and identities /
Anthony Oberschall.
New Brunswick (U.S.A.) : Transaction, 1993 [i.e. 1992]
x, 402 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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New Brunswick (U.S.A.) : Transaction, 1993 [i.e. 1992]
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 387-399) and index.
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A useful collection of Oberschall's writings even though it contains little that is new. The volume offers no significant new theory and very little new empirical work: 8 of the 13 chapters are reprints. But Oberschall is a pioneer in the analysis of contemporary social movements, primarily because of his Social Conflict and Social Movements (CH, Oct'73). The present volume does service by gathering several of his seminal pieces in one place, among them, his work on the 1960s sit-ins, on the 1965 Los Angeles riots, and on the decline of the 1960s movements. Abbreviated glossary and subject/author index; bibliography with few new references. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. S. Cable; University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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"A useful collection of Oberschall's writings… The present volume does service by gathering several of his seminal pieces in one place." -S. Cable, Choice
"A useful collection of Oberschall's writings... The present volume does service by gathering several of his seminal pieces in one place." --S. Cable, Choice
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Main Description
More than any other topic in social science, the study of social movements provides an opportunity to combine social theory with political action. Such study is a key to understanding the motivations, successes, and failures of thousands who aspire to high ideals of justice, but who sometimes aid in perpetuating inhumane political acts and systems. Building upon the past twenty years'developments in theory and research, Social Movements combines original theoretical and methodological approaches with penetrating analyses of contemporary movements from the sixties to the present. Anthony Oberschall argues that social movements are central to contemporary politics in both Western and Third World nations. They are not quaint stepchildren to public policy and social change that disappear as nations modernize. Collective action by the citizenry, spilling beyond the boundaries of routine politics is an integral part of the process of creative destruction that Joseph Schumpeter ascribed to modern capitalism and all dynamic, modern societies. Among the subjects that OberschaU examines in Social Movements are the Civil Rights movement, decline of the New Left, the feminist movement, the New Christian Right, the tobacco control movement, collective violence in U.S. industrial relations, and some comparative historical movements, including the Cultural Revolution in China, the abortive 1968 revolution in Czechoslovakia, political strife in postcolonial Africa, and the sixteenth-century European witch craze. In looking beyond the immediate political circumstances of these social movements, Oberschall points the way to achieving the next major task of social movement theory: a more satisfactory understanding of the dynamics and course of social movements and counter movements and a method of accounting for the outcomes of public controversies. Free of jargon and technical terminology, Social Movements is written for sociologists, political scientists, historians, professionals dealing with conflict and resolution, students and the lay public interested in public affairs.
Table of Contents
Social Movements and Collective Actionp. 1
Theories of Social Conflictp. 39
Loosely Structured Collective Conflictp. 67
Protracted Conflictp. 97
Rising Expectations and Political Turmoilp. 125
Group Violencep. 149
Beliefs and Ideologies: The European Witchcrazep. 187
The 1960 Sit-Ins: Protest Diffusion and Movement Take-Offp. 213
The Los Angeles Riot of August 1965p. 239
The Decline of the 1960s Social Movementsp. 265
1968 in Comparative Perspectivep. 301
The Women's Movementp. 325
The New Christian Right: Culture Conflict in the Eightiesp. 339
Glossary of Termsp. 383
Bibliographyp. 387
Indexp. 401
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