Persuasion and Social Movements

Persuasion and Social Movements

Persuasion and Social Movements

The history of the United States has arguably been a history of social movements striving for freedom, justice, equality, and a more perfect social order. Institutions and countermovements confront and sometimes suppress the dissatisfied to sustain the order already in place. Social movements form to champion innumerable causes: to end military conflicts, to protect the environment, to gain rights for animals, to halt legalized abortion, and to reduce the power of corporate, governmental, religious, and educational bureaucracies. Conflict over moral, religious, social, political, and economic values fuel social movements and countermovements. Globalization and the constantly increasing availability of electronic means of communication have spawned social movements to counter perceived threats to identity, values, and culture. Persuasion and Social Movements provides a solid foundation for understanding how people have collectively shaped society and where future efforts may lead. The authors skillfully weave current and historic examples to illustrate the many facets of social movement persuasion. The fifth edition contains new chapters on violence and terrorism. All chapters incorporate recent research and explore how new technologies have transformed the ways social movement organizations communicate with their audiences.

Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Bowers et al., The Rhetoric of Agitation and Control, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577666141); Denton-Kuypers, Politics and Communication in America: Campaigns, Media, and Governing in the 21st Century (ISBN 9781577665335); Holmes-Gan, Nonviolence in Theory and Practice, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577667605); and Woodward-Denton, Persuasion and Influence in American Life, Sixth Edition (ISBN 9781577665717).

List Price: $ 33.95

Price: $ 24.97


3 Comments so far »

  1. Crystal Brigman said,

    Wrote on March 7, 2013 @ 3:59 am

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Multi-faceted book, April 6, 2009
    By 
    Crystal Brigman (Springfield, MO United States) –

    This review is from: Persuasion and Social Movements (Paperback)

    Decent book – especially since it seems to be one of the very few books on social movements from a persuasion/communication perspective. It provides definitions and more importantly case studies and real world examples. While from an academic perspective, I don’t agree with many of the authors’ definitions and find them circular or contradictory – it’s a great base reading.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  2. Headphone Jack said,

    Wrote on March 7, 2013 @ 4:13 am

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Social Movements, October 20, 2011
    By 
    T. HA
    (REAL NAME)
      

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Persuasion and Social Movements (Paperback)

    A great way to learn about how social movements take place and it even mentions social media. You’ll learn about MLK and the Hispanic movements.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on March 7, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Mandatory reading for comm majors, October 24, 2007
    By 

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Persuasion and Social Movements (Paperback)

    I took quite a few communications classes and this was by far the best book I bought. I’m a vicious critic of that discipline as a whole, but this book was a welcome exception.

    Note that I did not read the book cover to cover, just what was assigned in class which was about 1/2 the book. I keep meaning to come back to it, but life interferes.

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Comment RSS · TrackBack URI

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.