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Introduction: Social Movements, Contentious Actions, and Social Networks: ‘From Metaphor to Substance ’?

Mario Diani

in Social Movements and Networks

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251780
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599057 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251789.003.0001

Series: Comparative Politics

 Introduction: Social Movements, Contentious Actions, and Social Networks: ‘From Metaphor to Substance  ’?

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Charts recent developments in the exploration of social movements and collective action from a social network perspective. These include the contribution of networks to individual recruitment and participation; the study of interorganizational networks; the impact of the structure of a given community over the chances for the development of collective action, assessed both via empirical investigation and formal modelling. These developments are part of a growing attention within social theory for the micro–macro link, the relationship between structure and agency, and social mechanisms. The social network perspectives outlined in this book should not be of interest to social movement researchers only; the book aims to contribute to cross‐disciplinary exchange with social scientists, with broader interests in the network dimension of political analysis.

Keywords: agency; collective action; interorganizational networks; network analysis; political analysis; recruitment; social mechanisms; social movements; social theory; structure

Chapter.  8585 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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