How do social movements that trigger democratic movements survive their own success?
Movements in Times of Democratic Transition
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edited by Bert Klandermans and Cornelis van Stralen
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2015
In regions that have undergone tumultuous transitions, democratic social movements have often been the catalyst for great change. However, once those changes occur, can these movements survive, and if so, how?
The editors and contributors to Movements in Times of Democratic Transition examine in comparative detail how social movements act within the context of the democratic transitions they have been fighting for, and how they are affected by the changes they helped bring about. Offering insights into the nature of how social movements decline, radicalize, revitalize, or spark new cycles of activism, Movements in Times of Democratic Transition provides a comprehensive analysis of these key questions of mobilization research.
Contributors include: Paul Almeida, Christopher J. Colvin, Alison Dahl Crossley, Donatella della Porta, Grzegorz Ekiert, Stephen Ellis, Olivier Fillieule, Grzegorz Forys, Krzysztof Gorlach, Ineke van Kessel, Camila Penna, Sebastián Pereyra, Steven Robins, Federico M. Rossi, Ton Salman, Máté Szabó, Verta Taylor, Michal Wenzel, and the editors.
"This fascinating collection of articles on social movements in times of democratic transition makes a significant contribution to the field.... The authors raise crucial issues social movement organizations experience in Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, South Africa, and Poland. In each instance, the authors demonstrate that the particular history of a successful social movement shapes and conditions its interaction with the new government. This volume has much to teach social movement researchers and does a superb job of framing the issues. Summing Up: Essential."
"[A] valuable collection of research articles by noted experts who provide evidence for movement radicalization, revitalization, abeyance, and disengagement. The book is rich in theory and in methods—various chapters report on both qualitative and quantitative methods—as well as thick descriptions of particular cases. Well organized and well edited.... this volume offers invaluable insights."
Introduction • Bert Klandermans and Cornelis van Stralen
Part I: Theory
Part II: Latin America
Part III: South Africa
Part IV: East-Central Europe
Bert Klandermans is Professor in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. He is the co-editor (with Jacquelien van Stekelenburg and Conny Roggeband) of The Future of Social Movement Research: Dynamics, Mechanisms, and Processes, and co-author (with Nonna Mayer) of Extreme Right Activists in Europe.
Cornelis van Stralen is retired Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Collective Health in the Department of Psychology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and co-author of Psicologia Social: Ética, participaçăo política e inclusăo social (Social Psychology: Ethics, Political Participation and Social Inclusion).