Dictionnaire des mouvements sociaux

Dictionnaire des mouvements sociaux

Dictionnary of Social Movements

May 1968, fighting with the CPE, huge workers strikes, the feminist and gay rights movements, anti-summit alternaglobalists, university blockades, civil disobedience by opponents of genetic modification: social movements provide an essential composite of the social and political life of our societies. Far from brutal uprisings by those pushed to revolt, collective dissenting action obeys complex logics and adopts different forms, which political sociology attempts to analyze.

This dictionary lists all of the key concepts, explains their origins and development, specifies their usages as well as the debates they address, and provides easy access to the vocabulary of social movements.

These are the most recent additions to research on social movements, which this work makes accessible not only to students and scholars, but also to all, whether militants engaged in the fray or common citizens, who desire a better understanding of how social movements can contribute to changing the world.

KEY WORDS: Collective Action - Boycott - Collective Behavior - Mobilization - Strikes - Insurrection - Protest - Social Movements - Repression - Revolution - Transnationalism

Lilian Mathieu


Lilian Mathieu est directeur de recherche au CNRS (Centre Max Weber, ENS de Lyon). Spécialiste de l'étude de la politique contestataire, il a notamment publié Comment lutter ? Sociologie et mouvements sociaux et codirigé le Dictionnaire des mouvements sociaux.

La démocratie protestataire
Mouvements sociaux et politique en France aujourd'hui
Contentious Democracy
Social movements and politics in France today
Lilian Mathieu
An original thesis defending that social movements are neither a marginal component of the political landscape, nor a menace to democracy, but revive founding principles.


La logique du désordre
Relire la sociologie de Michel Dobry
The Logic of Chaos
Revisiting the sociology of Michel Dobry
Myriam Aït-Aoudia, Antoine Roger
How does the political order fall apart? What are crises made of, and how should they be explained? These questions are at the heart of Michel Dobry's book, La sociologie des crises politiques, originally published in 1986 and which has inspired researchers with its groundbreaking approach to revolutionary phenomena and political transitions.

Also of interest

La République des constitutionnalistes
Professeurs de droit et légitimation de l'État en France (1870-1914)
Constitutionalist Republic
Law professors and the legitimization of the state in France (1870-1914)
Guillaume Sacriste




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Sociology : Political Sociology

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