Resource Mobilization and Social Movements: A Partial Theory

  title={Resource Mobilization and Social Movements: A Partial Theory},
  author={John D. McCarthy and Mayer N. Zald},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1212 - 1241}
Past analysis of social movements and social movement organizations has normally assumed a close link between the frustrations or grievances of a collectivity of actors and the growth and decline of movement activity. Questioning the theoretical centrality of this assumption directs social movement analysis away from its heavy emphasis upon the social psychology of social movement participants; it can then be more easily integrated with structural theories of social process. This essay presents… 

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