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The Civil Sphere$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.001.0001

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Social Movements as Civil Translations

Social Movements as Civil Translations

(p.213) Chapter 9 Social Movements as Civil Translations
The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Oxford University Press

Social movements refer to processes that are not institutionalized and to the groups that trigger them, to the political struggles, the organizations, and the discourses of leaders and followers who have formed themselves in order to change institutional rewards and sanctions, forms of individual interaction, and overarching cultural ideals, often in a radical way. In the history of Western social theory and social science, the most influential approaches to such processes have followed a framework established by the historical understanding of revolutions. This chapter discusses the classical approach to social movements and an alternative to it.

Keywords:   social movements, classical model, social science, civil society

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