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Dynamics of Contention
Part I. What's the Problem?: 1. What are they shouting about 2. Lineaments of contention 3. Comparisons, mechanisms, and episodes Part II. Tentative Solutions: 4. Mobilizations in comparativeExpand
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Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970
In this classic work of sociology, Doug McAdam presents a political-process model that explains the rise and decline of the black protest movement in the United States. Moving from theoreticalExpand
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Recruitment to High-Risk Activism: The Case of Freedom Summer
  • D. Mcadam
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 July 1986
This article proposes and argues for the importance of a distinction between "low-" and "high-risk/cost activism" and outlines a model or recruitment to the latter. The model emphasizes theExpand
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Toward a General Theory of Strategic Action Fields*
In recent years there has been an outpouring of work at the intersection of social movement studies and organizational theory. While we are generally in sympathy with this work, we think it implies aExpand
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A Theory of Fields
Chapter 1: The Gist of It Introduction - The Central Elements of the Theory - Other Perspectives - Conclusion Chapter 2: Micro-Foundations Introduction - Meaning and Membership - The Collective asExpand
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Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements: Introduction: Opportunities, mobilizing structures, and framing processes – toward a synthetic, comparative perspective on social movements
In a widely read book published in 1960, the sociologist Daniel Bell proclaimed the “end of ideology.” As the 1960s dawned, a good many social scientists believed we had reached a stage in theExpand
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Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements: Conceptual origins, current problems, future direction
Writing in 1970, Michael Lipsky (1970: 14) urged political analysts to direct their attention away from system characterizations presumably true for all times and all places… We are accustomed toExpand
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Organizations and Movements
Introduction There is little question that two of the most active and creative arenas of scholarly activity in the social sciences during the past four decades have been organizational studies (OS)Expand
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Tactical Innovation and the Pace of Insurgency
The pace of black insurgency between 1955 and 1970 is analyzed as a function of an ongoing process of tactical interaction between movement forces and southern segregationists. Given a politicalExpand
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Dynamics of Contention
For nearly a decade now, academic social movement studies have been shaped by the organizing efforts and conceptual frameworking of the three authors of the present book. Beginning in the earlyExpand
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