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Political Opportunities Social Movements, and Democratization Vol: 23

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02 Aug 2001
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
344 pages - 156 x 234 x 20mm
Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change


As political opportunities shift, social movement decline or mobilization may result. The first section of this intriguing volume examines this phenomenon in depth while also moving theory-building forward. Significant contributions are made to collective identity theory, stalemate theory, and political process theory. This volume's concentration on political opportunity and social movements is accomplished through a focused series of papers that include case studies of specific social movements, comparative case studies of social movements, and comparative case studies of transnational issue networks. They include movements including the U. S. anti-nuclear power movement, the Rastafarians, the alternative and complimentary medicine movement, indigenous rights movements in Panama and Brazil, the animal rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and the housing reform movements in post-Soviet Union Moscow and Budapest. A shorter, but no less important section closes this volume while taking up another historic focus of the series: social and political change. Here one paper documents democratization in Wales via the use of 'inclusive politics' by Plaid Cymru, another analyzes the use of 'political homicide' in Mexico during the 1990s, and a third explores campus unrest in the United States.
Introduction (Patrick G. Coy)Part I. Political Opportunity Structures, Identity, and Social MovementsCulture and Political Opportunity: Rastafarian Links to the Jamaican Poor (A E Gorden Buffonge)Compromise in South Africa: Class Relations, Political Opportunities, and the Contextualized A"Ripe MomentA" for Resolution(Kristin Marsh)Expanding Political Opportunities and Changing Collective Identities in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Movement (Melinda Goldner)Rival Transnational Networks and Indigenous Rights: The San Blas Kuna in Panama and the Yanomami in Brazil (Gregory M. Maney)The Origins of the Protest Movement Against Nuclear Power (Stephen Adair)Inaction, Individual Action and Collective Action as Responses to Housing Dissatisfaction: A Comparative Study of Budapest and Moscow (Chris Pickvance)Protester/Target Interactions: A Microsociological Approach to Studying Movement Outcomes (Rachel L. Einwohner)Part II. Democratization and Disorders as Political Change MechanismsWelsh Nationalism and the Challenge of "inclusive" Politics (Paul Chaney and Ralph Fevre)A Difficult Birth: Dissent, Opposition, and Murder in the Rise of Mexico's Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (Sara Schatz)Campus Racial Disorders and Community Ties, 1967-1969 (Daniel J. Myers and Alexander J. Buyoe)

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