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Social Movements and NetworksRelational Approaches to Collective Action$
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Mario Diani and Doug McAdam

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251789.001.0001

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Introduction: Social Movements, Contentious Actions, and Social Networks: ‘From Metaphor to Substance ’?

Introduction: Social Movements, Contentious Actions, and Social Networks: ‘From Metaphor to Substance ’?

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Social Movements, Contentious Actions, and Social Networks: ‘From Metaphor to Substance’?
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Social Movements and Networks
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Mario Diani (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251789.003.0001

Charts recent developments in the exploration of social movements and collective action from a social network perspective. These include the contribution of networks to individual recruitment and participation; the study of interorganizational networks; the impact of the structure of a given community over the chances for the development of collective action, assessed both via empirical investigation and formal modelling. These developments are part of a growing attention within social theory for the micro–macro link, the relationship between structure and agency, and social mechanisms. The social network perspectives outlined in this book should not be of interest to social movement researchers only; the book aims to contribute to cross‐disciplinary exchange with social scientists, with broader interests in the network dimension of political analysis.

Keywords:   agency, collective action, interorganizational networks, network analysis, political analysis, recruitment, social mechanisms, social movements, social theory, structure

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