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Social Movements

Third Edition

Suzanne Staggenborg and Howard Ramos

Series: Themes in Canadian Sociology

Now in its third edition, Social Movements offers a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the field's historical background and major theories. Key issues are explored in the context of specific social movements and counter movements active within Canada and around the world, showing how these movements originate, mobilize participants, and bring about social change.

Readership : Social Movements is intended for upper-year students taking social movements courses offered out of sociology, labour studies, and political science departments.


  • "The strength of the text is the efficiency with which it delivers a near encyclopedic breadth of coverage."
    --Gary Bowden, University of New Brunswick

  • "Social Movements is an excellent anchor for a course on social movements. . . . In the end, it is likely to encourage students to delve deeper and want to read more."
    --Lesley Wood, York University

Note: Every chapter includes:
- Conclusion
- Discussion Questions
- Suggested Readings
1. Introduction
The Origins of the Social Movement
Defining Social Movements
Outline of the Book
2. Theories of Social Movements and Collective Action
Collective Behaviour Theory
Resource Mobilization and Political Process Theories
New Social Movement Theory and Collective Identity
New Directions in Social Movement Theory
3. Issues in the Study of Social Movements and Collective Action
Movement Emergence: Mobilization and Recruitment
Movement Maintenance, Growth, and Decline
Movement Outcomes
Movements and Media
Methods of Social Movement Research
4. The Protest Cycle of the 1960s
The Rise, Decline, and Significance of the 1960s Protest Cycle
The American Civil Rights Movement
The Rise of New Left Student and Anti-War Movements
Legacies of the Protest Cycle of the 1960s
5. Indigenous Protest
Communities, Bystanders, and Critical Events
The Rise of Contemporary Canadian Indigenous Mobilization
The White Paper
The Constitution Act, 1982
The "Indian Summer" of 1990
Idle No More
International Attention and Indigenous Political Parties
6. The Women's Movement
Origins of the Second Wave
Mobilizing Issues of the Second Wave
Feminist Survival among New Generations
The Global Women's Movement
Maintenance and Growth of the Women's Movement
7. The LGBT Movement
Origins of the LGBT Movement
LGBT Liberation
Struggles for Equal Rights
AIDS Activism and Queer Politics
Relationship Recognition and Same-Sex Marriage
Influences on Movement Strategies and Outcomes
8. The Environmental Movement
Origins of the Environmental Movement
Mobilizing Support for Environmentalism
Debates on the Power and Direction of the Environmental Movement
Greenpeace and the Mass Media
Green Lobbies and Consumer Boycotts
Grassroots Environmentalism and Direct-Action Campaigns
9. Global Movements for Social Justice
Origins of the Global Justice Movement
Mobilizing Frames, Structures, and Opportunities
Movement Strategies and Outcomes
10. Conclusion: Social Movements and Social Change
Large-Scale Changes, Grievances, and Opportunities
Movement Organization and Strategy

Instructor Resources: NEW!
For each chapter:
Test Bank:
- 25 multiple choice questions
- 10 short answer questions
- 3-5 essay questions
PowerPoint Slides:
- 15-20 lecture outline slides
Student Study Guide:
Timelines of selected social movements in the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries
E-Book (ISBN 9780199013982)

Suzanne Staggenborg is professor in and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and the former chair of sociology at McGill University. She has written two books for OUP Canada: The Pro-Choice Movement and the first two editions of Social Movements. She has also published the US version of Social Movements, now in its second edition.

Howard Ramos is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. He has published on political sociology, Canadian Aboriginal mobilization, ethnicity and race, immigration, Atlantic Canada, and transnational human rights. He has published many articles and has contributed to several books, including a chapter on Aboriginal protest in the second edition of Social Movements. He is the co-author of Seeing Politics Differently: A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology, also published by Oxford University Press Canada.

Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Politics of Protest - David Meyer
Readings on Social Movements - Doug McAdam and David A. Snow

Special Features

  • Canadian data, case studies, and examples help students locate Canada's place within the history of social movements.
  • A practical approach analyzes social movements in terms of their strategies and tactics; the organizational challenges they faced; and the role the mass media and counter movements played in determining their successes and failures.
  • A balance of Canadian and international perspectives keep students engaged with relevant examples of social movements at home and around the world.
  • Concise introduction to the subject - part of the well-regarded Themes in Canadian Sociology series, known for its clear and concise approach to current research and trends in the discipline.
  • Chapter on Indigenous protest analyzes the mobilization of Canadian Aboriginal protest and relates it to broader trends elsewhere in the world. (Chapter 5)
New to this Edition
  • Coverage of recent social movements, including the Quebec student protests, the Arab Spring, and Idle No More.
  • Updated facts, figures, and data ensure students have access to the most current resource available.
  • Greater integration of theory, directly related to case studies, helps students make a connection between real-world examples and theory.
  • New visual aids - including photos and a map - illustrate key concepts.
  • New instructor resources include a test bank and PowerPoint slides.