Social movements and social classes : the future of collective action


Social movements and social classes : the future of collective action

edited by Louis Maheu

(Sage studies in international sociology, 46)

Sage Publications, c1995

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Includes bibliographies and index



This book assembles an international cast of eminent contributors who focus on issues of social movements and social class from the perspective of collective action. An important addition to current debate, the text discusses such topics as: middle-class radicalism, racism, class, the institutionalization of movements, urban politics, citizenship, education and democracy. Part One reviews the various analytical approaches used to explain the foundations for collective action. Part Two examines the close links between local power structures, spatial issues and the institutionalization of collective action. Part Three analyzes the ways that social struggles penetrate political life, with further reflections on culture and democracy.


Introduction - Louis Maheu PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION Does Social Class Matter in the Study of Social Movements? - Klaus Eder A Theory of Middle-Class Radicalism Social Movements and Class - Jan Pakulski The Decline of the Marxist Paradigm Racism and Social Movements - Michel Wieviorka The New Social Movements Revisited - Alberto Melucci Reflections on a Sociological Misunderstanding PART TWO: SPACE, POWER AND COLLECTIVE ACTION Social Movements in the Transition from State Socialism - Chris Pickvance Convergence or Divergence? Social Movements and the Challenge of Urban Politics - Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Louis Maheu Rethinking Class - John Urry PART THREE: COLLECTIVE ACTION: FROM POLITICS TO DEMOCRACY Rethinking Citizenship and Social Movements - Maurice Roche Themes in Contemporary Sociology and Neoconservative Ideology A New Class? The Higher Educated and the New Politics - Chris Rootes Collective Action and the Paradigm of Individualism - Pierre Hamel Democracy - Alain Touraine From a Politics of Citizenship to a Politics of Recognition

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