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Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action

Mario Diani and Doug McAdam


Illustrates relational approaches to the study of social movements and collective action. Contributors analyse most recent developments in the analysis of the role of networks as facilitators or constraints of individual recruitment, various forms of interorganizational networks, and the relationship between social networks and the political context in which social movements operate. They also relate the growing attention to social networks by social movement analysis to broader theoretical debates. Both quantitative and qualitative network analysis are considered, and attention is paid to the ... More

Keywords: collective action, cultural analysis, network analysis, participation, political process, rational choice, simulation models, social mechanisms, social movements, social networks

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199251789.001.0001


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Mario Diani, editor
Professor of Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy
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Doug McAdam, editor
Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
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Part I Individual Networks

Part II Interorganizational Networks

Part III Networking the Political Process

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Part IV Theories of Networks, Movements, and Collective Action

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