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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Social Movements
Social movements
Donatella della Porta
Social Movement Studies: A Short History of the Subject

Social movement studies have grown especially since the 1970s, taking distance from previous research on collective behavior, on the one hand, and the labor movement, on the other. As for the former, especially in the United States, unconventional forms of political participation had been distinguished from ‘normal politics'. Within so-called mass politics, protest had been seen as an abnormal phenomenon: non-strategic, emotion-driven, often irrational. Similar to crowds, social movements were considered as populated by frustrated individuals, characterized by weak personalities and anomic behavior. With different accents, functionalist theorists singled out social movements as a symptom of systemic disequilibria and scholars of collective behavior as carriers ...

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