Networks and Social Movements: A Research Programme

Mario Diani

in Social Movements and Networks

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251780
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599057 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 Networks and Social Movements: A Research Programme

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Presents a case for a reorientation of social movement theory and research along network lines. While looking at networks as a powerful precondition of collective action has proved a fruitful exercise in its own right, one could also take the network idea further and make it the core of a distinctive research program. Adopting a concept of social movement as a distinctive type of social networks may reorient social movement analysis and help better specifying the relation between movements and related phenomena such as coalitions, solidarity campaigns, and political organizations. The chapter briefly sketches the basic traits of a research programme for the analysis of network social mechanisms within social movements, looking first at different network patterns, and then identifying some analytical principles, which also draw upon existing paradigms.

Keywords: coalitions; collective action; concept of social movement; network analysis; political organizations; social mechanisms; social movement theory; social networks; solidarity campaigns

Chapter.  8864 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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