Series Editors: Bert Klandermans and David S. Meyer

Social Movements, Protest, and Contention

The world has changed dramatically since 1989. In Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, an empire has crumbled, and new social movements have emerged to join those that endure from the past. In China and other parts of Asia, as well as in Africa and Latin America, democracy movements replace, reform, or threaten established regimes. In the United States and Western Europe, a wave of more violent racial and ethnic movements has appeared. Meanwhile, social movements of the 1970s and 1980s (the women’s movement, the peace movement, the environmental movement, and the GLBT movement) enter new stages of activism and face contemporary challenges. Participation in all these movements, from international to local levels, is constantly affected by globalization, technology, and rapidly evolving communication networks. Social Movements, Protest, and Contention reflects these changes and continuities in dynamic social movements as well as recent trends toward interdisciplinary study of such movements. Coalescing the work of historians, sociologists, political scientists, and political psychologists, the books in the series represent research of the highest quality that incorporates comparative, longitudinal, and historical approaches.

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