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Social Movements
Social Movements
Hadi Khoshneviss Robert D. Benford
Introduction

Social movements refer to organized and sustained collective attempts to promote or resist social change. Typically they seek to affect the course of change by employing extra-institutional means. Thus, they are sometimes viewed as operating outside the established political order often eschewing traditional avenues for pursuing structural and/or cultural alterations. Nevertheless, contemporary scholars tend to view social movements as ‘politics by other means’ and thus acknowledge a close linkage between extra-institutional and institutional politics (Oliver, Cadena-Rosa, & Strawn, 2003, p. 214; Perrow, 1979; Tilly, 1978). Furthermore, social movements usually challenge or defend ‘extant authority, whether it is institutionally or culturally based, in the group, organization, society, culture, ...

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