Protest and social movements are common in all societies, usually more in open democratic ones than in others. People make their dissent and their deprivation public and call for change. However, not ... Lesen Sie weiter
Protest and social movements are common in all societies, usually more in open democratic ones than in others. People make their dissent and their deprivation public and call for change. However, not all deprivations result in protest and social movements. Many social conditions, which violate central norms of society, are not regarded publicly as "problems". Many problems remain unchanged and still do not provoke protest or a social movement. The emergence of protest waves and social movements are dependent on complex conditions. Though we witness protest all the time and has become a normal occurrence in European societies and beyond, it is still not the usual reaction to problems but remains a highly unlikely event.
During the seminar we will discuss these issues by studying classic and recent literature on protest and social movements. We will discuss middle range theories on social movements and enrich our discussion with empirical studies on social movements in Europe. Special attention will be paid to transnational, European or global social movements.
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Snow, David/Soule, Sarah/Kriesi, Hanspeter (Hg.) 2007: The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Oxford: Blackwell.