States and Social Movements
February 2011, Polity
Today, social movements are an integral part of politics: modern democratic states are, in reality, social movement societies, and protest mobilization permeates how politics is regularly accomplished. States and Social Movements presents a balanced and comprehensive assessment of various theories of social movements, engaging both state-centered approaches, and cultural and agency-based perspectives. Hank Johnston takes a broad view, analyzing democratic transitions and revolutions, how protest occurs in repressive states, and concluding with an exploration of the emerging repertoire of global social movements, where these movements come from, and if they spell the end of the modern state as we know it.
States and Social Movements cuts to the core of how social movements interact with all types of state system to produce variable outcomes such as democracy, policy reform, repression, insurrection, and revolution. As such, it is essential reading for students and scholars of sociology and political science interested in the important research area of contentious politics.
Chapter 2: Protest in Contemporary Democracies
Chapter 3: The Social Movement Society
Chapter 4: Repressive States and Protest
Chapter 5: Revolutions and States
Chapter 6: Globalization, Protest, and the State
- Brief, yet comprehensive, overview of empirical material and theoretical perspectives on an important topic in sociology and politics
- Balances coverage of protests in both democratic and authoritarian societies, from a global perspective
- Engagingly covers topics such as repressive states, revolutions, social movements, and activism, with apt examples and clear exposition of theory
- Hank Johnston is a well-respected figure in the field, and former editor of the main journal in this area (Mobilizations)
"States & Social Movements is not only timely, but
also timeless, as it presents a blueprint of political protest that
is equally relevant for the 18th century Western states, as for the
globalised world of today."
London School of Economics and Political Science blog
"Globalization has not reduced the importance of the state for
social movements as actors of a politics by other means. In this
clearly written and well-researched volume, Hank Johnston builds
upon the best scholarship on social movements, adding an innovative
perspective in particular on the dynamics of protest in
non-democratic regimes and democratizing polities."
Donatella Della Porta, European University Institute
"Movements shape states, and states shape movements. Hank
Johnston adds depth and nuance to this insight by examining a wide
range of state forms and political protest - including
revolutionary movements and transnational activism. Along the way,
he provides a lucid overview of different theoretical perspectives
on movements. The result is an excellent short introduction to
social movement studies."
Jeff Goodwin, New York University
"This book is an outstanding synthesis of a diverse and
difficult body of work. It is unique among surveys of social
movements in balancing coverage of protests in both democratic and
authoritarian societies, in its even-handed treatment of the
relations between globalization and protest, and in giving
substantial and well thought out space to revolutions."
Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University