Social Movements in Advanced Capitalism: The Political Economy and Cultural Construction of Social Activism
Steven M. BuechlerISBN: 0195126041;
Sociology and social movements are twin siblings of modernity that view the world as a social construction to be understood and transformed respectively. Based on this premise, Buechler argues for the centrality of social movements to the shape of the modern world as well as the discipline of sociology. 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 located movements in global, national, regional, and local structures. The heart of the book draws on diverse theoretical traditions within sociology (world system theory, critical theory, neo-Marxism, class/race/gender theories, theories ofeveryday life) to specify the structural constraints and opportunities that comprise the environment in which movements mobilize and contest for power. Movement dynamics are explored in terms of their dialectical relationship with...
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