The unity of social movements

Jordan, Tim (1995) The unity of social movements. Sociological Review, 43 (4). pp. 675-692. ISSN 0038-0261

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Abstract

A coherent intellectual structure for social movement studies has recently been emerging over a range of theoretical and empirical studies. This structure counterposes ‘within social movements’ a diverse range of collective actions against the unity imposed by a collective identity. However, theorisations of this collective identity have so far failed to address the contradiction between structure and agency. A definition of collective identity for social movements that is not caught in the structure/agency divide is proposed by defining the appropriate level of abstraction for such a definition, defining why movements are unified and then how.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2014 12:21
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2014 12:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51099
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