In thirteen succinct chapters, Buechler traces movement theories from the classical era of sociology to the most recent examples of transnational activism. He identifies the socio-historical context, central concepts, and guiding logic of diverse movement theories, with emphasis on: Comparisons of Marx and Lenin; Weber and Michels; and Durkheim and LeBon The Chicago School of the inter-war period The political-sociological approaches of the 1950s The varieties of strain and breakdown theories at the dawn of the 1960s Major paradigm shifts caused by the cascade of 1960s social movements Vivid examples of movements worldwide and coverage of all major theorists Critiques, debates, and proposed syntheses dominating the turn of the 21st century Recent trends (such as cyberactivism and transnational movements) and their theoretical implications"

chapter |5 pages


part I|49 pages

Classical Approaches

chapter 1|15 pages

Marx and Lenin

chapter 2|16 pages

Weber and Michels

chapter 3|15 pages

Durkheim and Le Bon

part II|50 pages

Traditional Theories

chapter 4|16 pages

The Two Chicago Schools

chapter 6|16 pages

Strain and Deprivation Models

part III|67 pages

Paradigm Shifts

chapter 7|16 pages

Resource Mobilization Approaches

chapter 8|16 pages

Political Process Theory

chapter 9|16 pages

Framing and Social Construction

chapter 10|17 pages

New Social Movement Theories

part IV|53 pages

Recent Trends

chapter 11|16 pages

Alternatives, Critiques, and Synthesis?

chapter 12|17 pages

Contentious Dynamics and Passionate Politics

chapter 13|17 pages

New Directions