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Social Movements and Organization Theory


Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, John L. Campbell, Michael Lounsbury, Timothy Vogus, Gerald F. Davis, Marc Schneiberg, Sarah A. Soule, Elizabeth Armstrong, John McCarthy, Jackie Smith, Mayer N. Zald, Calvin Morrill, Hayagreeva Rao, David Strang, Dong-Il Jung, Maureen A. Scully, W. E. Douglas Creed, Elizabeth Clemens
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  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521548366

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  • Although the fields of organization theory and social movement theory have long been viewed as belonging to different worlds, recent events have intervened, reminding us that organizations are becoming more movement-like - more volatile and politicized - while movements are more likely to borrow strategies from organizations. Organization theory and social movement theory are two of the most vibrant areas within the social sciences. This collection of original essays and studies both calls for a closer connection between these fields and demonstrates the value of this interchange. Three introductory, programmatic essays by leading scholars in the two fields are followed by eight empirical studies that directly illustrate the benefits of this type of cross-pollination. The studies variously examine the processes by which movements become organized and the role of movement processes within and among organizations. The topics covered range from globalization and transnational social movement organizations to community recycling programs.

    • Integrative literature reviews and commentaries are followed by state-of-the-art empirical studies of varied movements and organizations
    • Organizations, in their modern configuration, now behave more like movements than their bureaucratic forbears
    • Organizations and movements need to be viewed as two phases within the same, more general, process of creating and reforming social structures
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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521548366
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Creating a Common Framework:
    1. Organizations and movements Doug McAdam and W. Richard Scott
    2. Where do we stand? Common mechanisms in organizations and social movements research John L. Campbell
    Part II. Political and Mobilization Context:
    3. Institutional variation in the evolution of social movements: competing logics and the spread of recycling advocacy groups Michael Lounsbury
    4. Elite mobilizations for antitakeover legislation, 1982–1990 Timothy Vogus and Gerald F. Davis
    5. Institutionalization as a contested, multilevel process: the case of rate regulation in American fire insurance Marc Schneiberg and Sarah A. Soule
    6. From struggle to settlement: the crystallization of a field of lesbian/gay organizations in San Francisco, 1969–1973 Elizabeth Armstrong
    Part III. Social Movement Organizations: Form and Structure:
    7. Persistence and change among federated social movement organizations John McCarthy
    8. Globalization and transnational social movement organizations Jackie Smith
    Part IV. Movements Penetrating Organizations:
    9. How do social movements penetrate organizations? Environmental impact and organizational response Mayer N. Zald, Calvin Morrill, and Hayagreeva Rao
    10. Organizational change as an orchestrated social movement: recruitment to a corporate quality initiative David Strang and Dong-Il Jung
    11. Subventing our stories of subversion Maureen A. Scully and W. E. Douglas Creed
    Part V. Conclusion:
    12. Social change, social theory, and the convergence of movements and organizations Gerald F. Davis and Mayer N. Zald
    12. Two kinds of stuff: the current encounter of social movements and organizations Elizabeth Clemens.

  • Editors

    Gerald F. Davis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Gerald Davis received his PhD in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and subsequently taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He spent academic year 1997/1998 as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and has been at the University of Michigan since then. Davis's research examines the influence of politics and social networks on the evolution and structure of the institutions of corporate governance, and conversely on the influences of financial globalization on social structure and politics. His work has appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Research in Organization Behavior, Strategic Organization, and elsewhere. In 2003 he was elected to be Chair of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a member of the American Sociological Association and serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Organization.

    Doug McAdam, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California
    Doug McAdam is Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the author or co-author of ten books and more than 50 articles in the area of political sociology, with a special emphasis on the study of social movements and revolutions. Among his best known works are Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930–1970, a new edition of which was published in 1999 (University of Chicago Press), Freedom Summer (1988, Oxford University Press), which was awarded the 1990 C. Wright Mills Award as well as being a finalist for the American Sociological Association's best book prize for 1991. His most recent book is Dynamics of Contention (2001, Cambridge University Press), with Sid Tarrow and Charles Tilly. He was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

    W. Richard Scott, Stanford University, California
    W. Richard Scott received his Ph.D degree from the University of Chicago. He is now Professor Emeritus of Sociology, with courtesy appointments in the School of Business, School of Education, and School of Medicine, at Stanford University. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, the most recent being Institutional Change and Healthcare Organizations 2002, with Ruef, Mendel and Caronna; Institutions and Organizations, 2001 (2nd ed), and Organizations: Rational, Natural and Open Systems 2003 (5th ed).

    Mayer N. Zald, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Mayer N. Zald is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been Chairman of the Section on Occupations, Organizations and Work and the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, both of the American Sociological Association. He has also been Vice-President and a Council Member of the ASA. A two time Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, he is the author of numerous books and articles, including Organizational Change: The Political Economy of the YMCA (Chicago, 1970) and editor (with Doug McAdam and John McCarthy) of Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements (Cambridge, 1996).


    Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, John L. Campbell, Michael Lounsbury, Timothy Vogus, Gerald F. Davis, Marc Schneiberg, Sarah A. Soule, Elizabeth Armstrong, John McCarthy, Jackie Smith, Mayer N. Zald, Calvin Morrill, Hayagreeva Rao, David Strang, Dong-Il Jung, Maureen A. Scully, W. E. Douglas Creed, Elizabeth Clemens

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