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East Asian Social Movements

Power, Protest, and Change in a Dynamic Region

  • The only edited book examining social movements in East Asia

  • A direct contrast to books focused on Western social movements and the societies they're born from

  • International volume with contributors from throughout East Asia

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies (NCSS)

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: East Asian Social Movements

    • Jeffrey Broadbent
    Pages 1-29
  3. Introduction to Japanese Society, Culture, and Politics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 31-35
  4. Introduction to Korean Society, Culture, and Politics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-140
  5. Introduction to Taiwanese Society, Culture, and Politics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 231-235
  6. Introduction to Hong Kong History and Society

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 315-317

About this book

In the study of civil society and social movements,  most cases are based in Western Europe and North America.  These two areas of the world have similar histories and political ideals and structures in common which in turn, affect the structure of its civil society.  In studying civil society in Asia, a different understanding of history, politics, and society is needed.  The region’s long traditions of centralized, authoritarian states buttressed by Confucian and in some cases Communist ideologies may render this concept irrelevant.

The chapters in this international volume cover most of the areas and countries traditionally defined as belonging to East Asia: Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.  The case studies included in this volume confront the utility of using the Western concept of civil society, represented in its most active form – social movements – to think about East Asia popular politics. Along with providing an array of important case studies of social movements in East Asia, the introduction, chapters and conclusion in the book take up three major theoretical questions:

  • the effect of the East Asian cultural, social and institutional context upon the mobilization, activities and outcomes of social movements in that region
  • the role of social movements in larger transformative processes 
  • utility of Western social movement concepts in explaining social movements in East Asia.

This book will be of interest to two major groups of readers, those who study East Asia and those who pursue social movements and civil society, as well as politics more generally.

While the study of social movements has emerged in recent years as one of the most vibrant interdisciplinary fields of study in the social sciences, its geographic coverage has been woefully skewed to western democracies.  For that reason alone this volume would be a welcome addition to the literature.  Add to that the consistently high quality of the chapters and movement scholars have all the more reason to add this first rate volume to their libraries.

Thanks again for persevering in this important project

Doug McAdams, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Doug McAdams, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Doug McAdams, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Keywords

  • Civil Society
  • Mobilization
  • Polical Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Socialization

Reviews

From the reviews:

“East Asian Social Movements is a very timely collection for scholars, researchers, and practitioners interested in, wrestling with, and working with the dynamic relationships between and among social movements, nonprofit and voluntary organizing, democratic processes, culture, and context. … The thought-provoking collection merits the attention of all studying and working in the international and interdisciplinary field of social movements and nonprofit and voluntary organizing.” (Yea-Wen Chen, Voluntas, Vol. 24, March, 2013)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

    Jeffrey Broadbent

  • Sociology Program, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, USA

    Vicky Brockman

Bibliographic Information

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eBook USD 149.00
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  • ISBN: 978-0-387-09626-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)