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Social Movements and Social Classes
The Future of Collective Action

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June 1995 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Louis Maheu
Introduction
 
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION
Klaus Eder
Does Social Class Matter in the Study of Social Movements?
A Theory of Middle-Class Radicalism

 
Jan Pakulski
Social Movements and Class
The Decline of the Marxist Paradigm

 
Michel Wieviorka
Racism and Social Movements
Alberto Melucci
The New Social Movements Revisited
Reflections on a Sociological Misunderstanding

 
 
PART TWO: SPACE, POWER AND COLLECTIVE ACTION
Chris Pickvance
Social Movements in the Transition from State Socialism
Convergence or Divergence?

 
Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Louis Maheu
Social Movements and the Challenge of Urban Politics
John Urry
Rethinking Class
 
PART THREE: COLLECTIVE ACTION: FROM POLITICS TO DEMOCRACY
Maurice Roche
Rethinking Citizenship and Social Movements
Themes in Contemporary Sociology and Neoconservative Ideology

 
Chris Rootes
A New Class? The Higher Educated and the New Politics
Pierre Hamel
Collective Action and the Paradigm of Individualism
Alain Touraine
Democracy
From a Politics of Citizenship to a Politics of Recognition

 

`This book includes the work of twelve authors and many different topics are discussed... The chapters of the book were originally papers presented in Madrid in 1990 at the conference of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Social Movements and Social Classes Research. Since then, the authors have rewritten their contributions, and what is especially interesting is that they have commented on the contributions in the other chapters. This means that most chapters not only present the ideas of the individual authors, but also comment on and engage in a dialogue with the other contributions. In this way the book reveals the variation in the field of social movements and classes and the process has forced the authors to sharpen their arguments. The result is that the book is a presentation of a debate, but it does not provide definite answers. Rather, it mirrors the constant attempts to grasp the different theories and empirical studies of this field' - Acta Sociologica

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