Highly recommended...Presented here is a critique of the major ways in which social movements have been conceptualized and interpreted...An excellently documented work, featuring a useful set of references and a good index. Choice A book to provoke and unsettle, a book of ermous intellectual and moral ambition. Contemporary Sociology Brilliantly reconceptualizing social movements from a historical perspective, Foss and Larkin critically review the major theories in social movements. They analyze the mechanisms of the reproduction of social privilege to examine the underlying contradicitons in society which give rise to collective dissidence and conclude with some intriguing speculations as to the possibility of social revolution in the U.S. Essential reading for all social scientists, and for courses in social movements, contemporary social theory, and political sociology.
DANIEL FOSS has been employed as a computer programmer and data base manager for academic and government researchers. He taught at the School for Critical Studies at the California Institute for the Arts, and at Livingston College and the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University. He has been RALPH LARKIN presently operates his own research consultancy in New York City. His scholarly interests remain focused on the reproduction of social domination and the various struggles against it.