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A Theory of Fields

Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam


Finding ways to understand the nature of social change and social order—from political movements to market meltdowns—is one of the enduring problems of social science. This book draws together far-ranging insights from social movement theory, organizational theory, and economic and political sociology to construct a general theory of social organization and strategic action. This book proposes that social change and social order can be understood through what the book calls strategic action fields. It posits that these fields are the general building blocks of political and economic life, civi ... More

Keywords: social change, social order, social science, social movement theory, organizational theory, social organization, civil society, social actors, Civil Rights Movement, mortgages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199859948
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859948.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Fligstein, author
Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Doug McAdam, author
Stanford University