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Social Movements and NetworksRelational Approaches to Collective Action$
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Mario Diani and Doug McAdam

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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Networks, Diffusion, and Cycles of Collective Action

Networks, Diffusion, and Cycles of Collective Action

(p.173) 8 Networks, Diffusion, and Cycles of Collective Action
Social Movements and Networks

Pamela E. Oliver

Daniel J. Myers

Oxford University Press

Uses simulation models to explore network mechanisms in diffusion processes and protest cycles. The network dimension is taken into account, focusing on three processes: information flows, influence flows, and the construction of joint action. The repeatable and reversible nature of protest requires models of diffusion that focus on the spread of actions and not the spread of ideas across actors. Moreover, while diffusion processes tend to generate waves or cycles of events, not all waves of events arise from diffusion processes. The effect of network structure varies greatly depending upon the nature of a particular network process.

Keywords:   collective action, diffusion processes, influence, information flows, protest cycles, simulation models, social networks

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