Publication date:

25 March 1999

Length of book:

396 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780847687473

This book updates and adds to the classic Social Movements of the Sixties and Seventies, showing how social movement theory has grown and changed—from an earlier emphasis on collective behavior, to the resource mobilization approach, and currently to analyses that emphasize culture, ideology, and collective identity. Top social scientists combine insiders' insights with critical analyses to examine a wide variety of social movements active in the most recent U.S. cycle of protest. Waves of Protest is a must-read for students of social movements, social change, political sociology, and American studies.
Waves of Protest is excellent social science. It is well-written, empirical, and intellectually stimulating. The book will be useful for students and scholars of political science, sociology, and social movements, and for people interested in working in such movements. In comparison with other sociological treatments of organizational behavior, Waves of Protest provides theoretical breadth, new concepts about organizations, and substantive empirical results. It offers new understanding of recent U.S. social history.