Renowned author Ulrike Schuerkens presents an in-depth exploration of social transformations and developments. Combining an international approach with up-to-date research, the book: • Has dedicated chapters on contemporary topics including technology, new media, war and terror, political culture and inequality • Includes an analysis of societal structures – inequality, globalization, transnationalism • Contains learning features including: discussion questions, annotated further reading, chapter summaries, and pointers to online resources to assist with study A must buy for students taking modules in social change, social inequality, social theory, and globalization.

Globalization and Social Movements: Human Agency and Mobilizations for Change1

Globalization and Social Movements: Human Agency and Mobilizations for Change1

Summary

Civil society organizations have become major forces of change in a world that never stops changing and that is characterized by high levels of economic and social inequality. These groups operate all over the world to advance processes they defend and seek to resist co-optations by existing political interests and structures. One way to do so is to refuse to play politics as usual. Participating in movements has become so widespread that it influences social change. Social movements have begun to act as change agents and/or may resist changes in given societal institutions. Biographies are altered by participations in movements; alternative lifestyle options are adopted. ...

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