Redefining the field of social movements

New Social Movements

From Ideology to Identity

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edited by Enrique Laraña, Hank Johnston and Joseph R. Gusfield

Outstanding Academic Book, Choice, 1995

"There has been remarkable interest in social constructionist approaches to social movements and integrating classical collective behavior theory and European new social movements approaches. This collection of articles does the best job that I have seen of accomplishing both of these agendas. The editors' introduction pulls together one of the first and most coherent statements of new social movements...clearly on the cutting edge."
Verta Taylor, Ohio State University

Cultural changes over the past two decades have led to a proliferation of new social movements in Europe and the United States. New social movements such as ecology, peace, ethnicity, New Age philosophies, alternative medicine, and gender and sexual identity are among those that are emerging to challenge traditional categories in social movement theory. Synthesizing classic and modern perspectives the contributors help to redefine the field of social movements and advance an understanding of them through cross-cultural research, comparison with older movements, and an examination of the dimensions of identity—individual, collective, and melding of the two.



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Part I: Culture and Identity in Contemporary Social Movements
1. Identities, Grievances, and New Social Movements – Hank Johnston, Enrique Laraña, and Joseph R. Gusfield
2. Culture and Social Movements – Doug McAdam
3. The Reflexivity of Social Movements: Collective Behavior and Mass Society Theory Revisited – Joseph R. Gusfield
4. Ideology and Utopia after Socialism – Ralph H. Turner
5. A Strange Kind of Newness: What's "New" in New Social Movements? – Alberto Melucci

Part II: Collective Actors in New Social Movements
6. Activist, Authorities, and Media Framing of Drunk Driving – John D. McCarthy
7. Transient Identities? Membership Patterns in the Dutch Peace Movement – Bert Klandermans
8. Identity Fields: Framing Processes and the Social Construction of Movement Identities – Scott A. Hunt, Robert D. Benford, and David A. Snow
9. Continuity and Unity in New Forms of Collective Action: A Comparative Analysis of Student Movements – Enrique Laraña
10. Conflict Networks and the Origins of Women's Liberation – Carol Mueller

Part III: Collective Action and Identity in Changing Political Contexts
11. New Social Movements and Old Regional Nationalisms – Hank Johnston
12. Greens, Cabbies, and Anti-Communists: Collective Action During Regime Transition in Hungary – Máté Szabó
13. Social Movements in Modern Spain: From the Pre-Civil War Model to Contemporary NSMs – José Alvarez-Junco
14. The Party's Over–So What Is to Be Done? – Richard Flacks
The Contributors


About the Author(s)

Enrique Laraña (1949-2014) was Titular Professor of Sociology at the University of Madrid, Spain.

Hank Johnston is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at San Diego State University.

Joseph R. Gusfield (1923-2015) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Contributors: José Alvarez-Junco, Robert Benford, Richard Flacks, Scott Hunt, Bert Klandermans, Alberto Melucci, Doug McAdam, John McCarthy, Carol Mueller, Máté Szabó, David A. Snow, Ralph H. Turner, and the editors.

Subject Categories

Political Science and Public Policy



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