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The diffusion of social movements : actors, mechanisms, and political effects (Book of the Month)

featured1012The diffusion of social movements : actors, mechanisms, and political effects edited by Rebecca Kolins Givan, Kenneth M. Roberts, and Sarah A. Soule is Catherwood’s Book of the Month.

[from publisher web site] It is widely recognized that social movements may spread – or ‘diffuse’ – from one site to another. Such diffusion, however, is a complex and multidimensional process that involves different actors, networks, and mechanisms. This complexity has spawned a large body of literature on different aspects of the diffusion process, yet a comprehensive framework remains an elusive target. This book is a response to that need, and its framework focuses on three basic analytical questions. First, what is being diffused? Second, how does diffusion occur? Finally, what is the impact of diffusion on organizational development and shifts in the scale of contentious politics? This volume suggests that diffusion is not a simple matter of political contagion or imitation; rather, it is a creative and strategic process marked by political learning, adaptation, and innovation.

Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press. 256 pages
ISBN 9780521130950 HM881 .D54 2010

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