Racism, class, urban politics, citizenship, middle-class radicalism, and education-all are integral factors when examining the phenomena of social movements. In Social Movements and Social Classes, an esteemed international cast of contributors focuses on these and other inherent issues in social movements and social class from the perspective of collective action. The contributors examine how integrative and expansive collection action is in the constitution of modern societies, review and discuss the various analytical approaches used to explain the foundations for collective action, and analyze the ways that social struggles penetrate political life--with further reflections on culture and democracy. An original contribution to the understanding of social movements, social classes, and collective action, this book is essential reading for scholars and students in sociology, political science, urban studies, cultural studies, and ethnic studies.
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION
Does Social Class Matter in the Study of Social Movements?
Social Movements and Class
Racism and Social Movements
The New Social Movements Revisited
PART TWO: SPACE, POWER AND COLLECTIVE ACTION
Social Movements in the Transition from State Socialism
Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Louis Maheu
Social Movements and the Challenge of Urban Politics
PART THREE: COLLECTIVE ACTION: FROM POLITICS TO DEMOCRACY
Rethinking Citizenship and Social Movements
A New Class? The Higher Educated and the New Politics
Collective Action and the Paradigm of Individualism