The Future of Social Movement Research

9780816686544: Paperback
Release Date: 1st July 2013

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 496

Series Social Movements, Protest and Contention

University of Minnesota Press

The Future of Social Movement Research

Dynamics, Mechanisms, and Processes

In The Future of Social Movement Research, some of the most influential scholars in the field provide a wide-ranging understanding of how social movements arise and persist, engendering unanswered questions pointing to new theoretical strands and fields of research. The resulting work is interdisciplinary and unusually broad in scope, constituting the most comprehensive overview of the dynamics of social movements available.

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Are the dynamics of contention changing? This is the question confronted by the contributors of this volume, among the most influential scholars in the field of social movements. The answers, arriving at a time of extraordinary worldwide turmoil, not only provide a wide-ranging and varied understanding of how social movements arise and persist, but also engender unanswered questions, pointing to new theoretical strands and fields of research.

The Future of Social Movement Research asks: How are the dynamics of contention shaped by globalization? By societies that are becoming increasingly more individualized and diverse? By the spread of new communication technologies such as social media, cell phones, and the Internet? Why do some movements survive while others dissipate? Do local and global networks differ in nature? The authors’ essays explore such questions with reference to changes in three domains of contention: the demand of protest (changes in grievances and identities), the supply of protest (changes in organizations and networks), and how these changes affect the dynamics of mobilization. In doing so, they theorize and make empirically insightful how globalization, individualization, and virtualization create new grievances, new venues for action, new action forms, and new structures of contention.

The resulting work—brought together through engaging discussions and debates between the contributors—is interdisciplinary and unusually broad in scope, constituting the most comprehensive overview of the dynamics of social movements available today.

Contributors: Marije Boekkooi, VU-U, Amsterdam; Pang Ching Bobby Chen, U of California, Merced; Donatella della Porta, European U Institute; Mario Diani, U of Trento, Italy; Jan Willem Duyvendak, U of Amsterdam; Myra Marx Ferree, U of Wisconsin–Madison; Beth Gharrity Gardner; Ashley Gromis; Swen Hutter, U of Munich; Ruud Koopmans, WZB, Berlin; Hanspeter Kriesi, U of Zurich; Nonna Mayer, National Centre for European Studies; Doug McAdam, Stanford U; John D. McCarthy, Pennsylvania State U; Debra Minkoff, Barnard College, Columbia U; Alice Motes; Pamela E. Oliver, U of Wisconsin–Madison; Francesca Polletta, U of California, Irvine; Jacomijne Prins, VU-U, Amsterdam; Patrick Rafail, Tulane U; Christopher Rootes, U of Kent, Canterbury; Dieter Rucht, Free U of Berlin; David A. Snow, U of California, Irvine; Sarah A. Soule, Stanford U; Suzanne Staggenborg, U of Pittsburgh; Sidney Tarrow, Cornell U; Verta Taylor, U of California, Santa Barbara; Marjoka van Doorn; Martijn van Zomeren, U of Groningen; Stefaan Walgrave, U of Antwerp; Saskia Welschen.



Introduction: The Changing Dynamics of ContentionJacquelien van Stekelenburg and Conny RoggebandPart I. Grievances and Identities: The Demand Side of Participation1. The Dynamics of DemandBert Klandermans2. Is the Internet Creating New Reasons to Protest?Francesca Polletta, Pang Ching Bobby Chen, Beth Gharrity Gardner, and Alice Motes3. Social Movement Participation in the Global Society: Identity, Networks, and EmotionsVerta Taylor4. “Protest against whom?”: The Role of Collective Meaning Making in PoliticizationMarjoka van Doorn, Jacomijne Prins, and Saskia WelschenDiscussion: Opening the Black Box of Dynamics in Theory and Research on the Demand Side of ProtestMartijn van Zomeren

Part II. Organizations and Networks: The Supply Side of Contention 5. The Changing Supply Side of Mobilization: Questions for DiscussionConny Roggeband and Jan Willem Duyvendak6. Bringing Organizational Studies Back into Social Movement ScholarshipSarah A. Soule7. Organization and Community in Social MovementsSuzanne Staggenborg8. Organizational Fields and Social Movement DynamicsMario Diani9. Social Movement Structures in Action: Conceptual Propositions and Empirical IllustrationDieter RuchtDiscussion: The Changing Supply Side of Mobilization: Impressions on a ThemeDebra Minkoff

Part III. Dynamics of Mobilization10. Changing Mobilization of Individual Activists?Stefaan Walgrave11. Mobilizing for Change in a Changing SocietyJacquelien van Stekelenburg and Marije Boekkooi12. Ethnicity, Repression, and Fields of Action in Movement MobilizationPamela E. Oliver13. Identity Dilemmas, Discursive Fields, Identity Work, and Mobilization: Clarifying the Identity/Movement NexusDavid A. Snow14. Movements of the Left, Movements of the Right ReconsideredSwen Hutter and Hanspeter KriesiDiscussion: Mobilization and the Changing and Persistent Dynamics of Political ParticipationChristopher Rootes

Part IV. The Changing Context of Contention15. The End of the Social Movement as We Know It?: Adaptive Challenges in Changed ContextsRuud Koopmans16. Social Movements and Elections: Toward a Broader Understanding of the Political Context of ContentionDoug McAdam and Sidney Tarrow17. Social Movements, Power, and Democracy: New Challenges, New Challengers, New Theories?Donatella della Porta18. Recent Trends in Public Protest in the U.S.A.: The Social Movement Society Thesis RevisitedJohn D. McCarthy, Patrick Rafail, and Ashley Gromis19. The “Contentious French” RevisitedNonna MayerDiscussion: Meaning and Movements in the New Millennium: Gendering DemocracyMyra Marx FerreeAfterwordBert Klandermans


Jacquelien van Stekelenburg is associate professor of sociology at VU-University, Amsterdam.

This is a major, very important work which brings together the leading lights in the international, interdisciplinary, invisible college of social movement scholars. The book combines thoughtful essays on the state of the art in the study of contentious politics with grounded speculation on the many still unanswered or incompletely answered questions. The authors do an excellent job of distinguishing what is based on solid empirical research and what would require additional research to answer with confidence. This does not prevent them from suggesting hypotheses and impressions which are based on reasonable and probable extensions of what we already know.—William Gamson, Boston College