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Protest and Politics

The Promise of Social Movement Societies

The Tea Party. The Occupy Movement. Idle No More. Around the world, popular social movements are challenging the status quo. Yet most democracies are seeing a decline in voter turnout. Protest and Politics examines this shift in political participation, as well as the blurring of social movements and mainstream politics, through the lens of the social movement society thesis. Analyzing historical and contemporary social movements in Canada in comparison to those in the US and in the transnational sphere, the authors argue that our understanding of the boundaries between politics and protest needs to evolve.

376 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Promise of Social Movement Societies / Howard Ramos and Kathleen Rodgers

Part 1: Political and Historical Context

1 Reconsidering the Social Movement Society in the New Century / David S. Meyer and Amanda Pullum

2 Evangelical Radio: Institution Building and the Religious Right / Tina Fetner, Allyson Stokes, and Carrie B. Sanders

3 The Social Movement Society and the Human Rights State / Dominique Clément

4 Institutionalization, State Funding, and Advocacy in the Quebec Women’s Movement / Dominique Masson

Part 2: State Dynamics and Processes

5 How the State Shapes Social Movements: An Examination of the Environmental Movement in Canada / Catherine Corrigall-Brown and Mabel Ho

6 Immigrant Collective Mobilization and Socio-economic Integration in Canada / Philippe Couton

7 Uncooperative Movements, Militarized Policing, and the Social Movement Society / Lesley Wood

Part 3: How People Participate

8 Social Movement Communities in the Movement Society / Suzanne Staggenborg

9 No to Protests, Yes to Festivals: How the Creative Class Organizes in the Social Movement Society / Judith Taylor

10 Justification and Critique in the Social Movement Society / Jim Conley

11 The Concept of Social Movement and Its Relationship to the Social Movement Society: An Empirical Investigation / David B. Tindall and Joanna L. Robinson

Part 4: Knowledge and Culture

12 Alternative Policy Groups and Global Civil Society: Networks and Discourses of Counter-Hegemony / William K. Carroll

13 Wilderness Revisited: Canadian Environmental Movements and the Eco-Politics of Special Places / Mark C.J. Stoddart

14 Alberta Internalizing Oil Sands Opposition: A Test of the Social Movement S

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