Social Movements in Advanced Capitalism: The Political Economy and Cultural Construction of Social…

Paperback | August 1, 1999

bySteven M. Buechler

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Building on a critical overview of current social movement theory, this book presents a structural model for analyzing social movements in advanced capitalism. This model provides a historically specific analysis that locates movements in global, national, regional, and local structures. Theheart of the book draws on diverse theoretical traditions within sociology to specify the structural constraints and opportunities that comprise the environment in which movements mobilize and contest for power. These theoretical traditions include world system theory; critical theory; theories ofclass, race, and gender; and theories of everyday life. Movement dynamics are explored in terms of their dialectical relationship with these multiple levels of structure. The book also addresses the false dichotomies between political and cultural dimensions of social activism, and restores acritical, normative dimension to the analysis of social movements. Buechler makes a unique argument about the need to reorient social movement theory toward the structural, macrolevel contexts in which movements arise. Clearly presented, this thoughtful introduction links the theoretical traditionsthat make up the core of the discipline to the subfield of social movements. It is an excellent supplementary text for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in sociology as well as for courses in such related disciplines as collective action and political protest. Social Movements in AdvancedCapitalism contains a detailed, critical overview of the collective behavior and social movement theories that have taken place over the past fifty years.

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Building on a critical overview of current social movement theory, this book presents a structural model for analyzing social movements in advanced capitalism. This model provides a historically specific analysis that locates movements in global, national, regional, and local structures. Theheart of the book draws on diverse theoretica...

Steven M. Buechler is at Mankato State University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The Sociology of Social Movements1. Social Movements and Sociology: Siblings of Modernity2. Social Movement Theory: A Sociology of Knowledge AnalysisPart II: Social-Historical Structures and Collective Action3. Global Structures: The World-Capitalist System4. National Structures: Crisis, Colonization and Post-Fordism5. Regional Structures: Class, Race, and Gender6. Local Structures: The Politics of Everyday LifePart III: The Political and the Cultural in Collective Action7. The Political: State Politics and Social Politics8. The Cultural: Identity, Ideology and OrganizationEpilogueReferencesIndex

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"Excellent survey of the social movements literature. Buechler does a wonderful job of focusing on the sociological nature of changes in contemporary politics and protest."--Ivan Evans, University of California, San Diego