Reconsidering the Social Movement Society in the New Century

david s. meyer, Amanda Pullum

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The first chapter consists of David Meyer and Amanda Pullum's reflections on the SMS thesis. Like us, they recognize that much has changed since Meyer and Tarrow initially conceived it. They pay special attention to the rise of nativist, fundamentalist, and conservative identity-based movements, as well as the rapid rise of Web 2.0 technology or changes in mass communication, and the costs and consequences of institutionalizing mobilization in changing both movement and mainstream politics. They examine these issues through a discussion of American populism and the Tea Party and Occupy movements. Many of their insights accord well with other chapters in the volume.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProtest and Politics: The Promise of Social Movement Societies
StatePublished - Sep 21 2015


  • Tea Party movement
  • social movement society
  • social movements


  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Politics and Social Change

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