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Title:
The unfinished revolution : social movement theory and the gay and lesbian movement
Author:
Engel, Stephen M.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxi, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
1. Asked and answered : how questions can condition conclusions in social movement theory -- 2. Tracing the rainbow : an historical sketch of the American gay and lesbian movement -- 3. Tracing the rainbow : an historical sketch of the British gay and lesbian movement -- 4. Where and how it comes to pass : interest group interaction with political institutions -- 5. Asking the unasked question : grappling with the culture variable.
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Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/cam021/00067496.html
ISBN:
9780521802871

9780521003773
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Book

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Summary

The Unfinished Revolution compares the post-Second World War histories of the American and British gay and lesbian movements with an eye toward understanding how distinct political institutional environments affect the development, strategies, goals, and outcomes of a social movement. Stephen M. Engel utilizes an electic mix of source materials ranging from the theories of Mancur Olson and Michel Foucault to Supreme Court rulings and film and television dialogue. The two case study chapters function as brief historical sketches to elucidate further the conclusions on theory and whilst being politically-oriented, they also examine gay influence and expansion into mainstream popular culture. The book also includes an appendix that surveys and assesses the analytical potential of five critical understandings of social movements: the classical approach, rational choice, resource mobilization, new social movement theories, and political opportunity structures. It will be of value to academics and students of sociology, political science, and history.


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In a comparative case study of US and British gay and lesbian movements since WWII, Engel engages new social movement theory and theories of collective action, integrating analysis of political opportunity structures into a political process model that accounts for the when and why of social mobilization. The historical chapters on US and British social movements may seem cursory, but enough explanatory detail is presented to articulate the similarities and differences of the movements' engagements with formal political structures. Similarly, while both Britain and the US are part of Western culture and draw on ideas of individualism and rights for articulating movement goals, differences in class consciousness or ideals about privacy, for example, mean that different strategies reflecting the culture and political systems may be used to achieve goals of nondiscrimination and sexual freedom. Engel remains focused on gay and lesbian activism without neglecting transgender, AIDS, and bisexual activism and issues of race and class that complicate social movements. A useful contribution to gay and lesbian studies and general social movement scholarship, especially in sociology. All levels/collections. J. L. Croissant University of Arizona


Table of Contents

Introduction: opening remarks
1 Asked and answered: how questions can condition conclusions in social movement theory
2 Tracing the rainbow: an historical sketch of the American gay and lesbian movement
3 Tracing the rainbow: an historical sketch of the English gay and lesbian movement
4 Where and how it comes to pass: interest group interaction with political institutions
5 Asking the unasked question: grappling with the culture variable
Conclusion: final thoughts