Introduction: Towards a Global History of Social Movements

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


Protests and social movements are back: Occupy, the ‘Arab Spring’, and a rise in protest movements and demonstrations around the world seem to suggest that we have entered a new democratic age that is no longer characterized by the dominance of political parties and interest groups and no longer confined to the territory of the nation-state, but that has a truly global shape. Just as social scientists diagnosed the arrival of ‘new’ social movements in the 1970s and 1980s that replaced the labour movements as the key representatives of social conflict within a post-materialist and potentially post-industrial society, today they discover the arrival of global social movements that accompany our age of globalization.


Social Movement Labour Movement World History Social Movement Research Protest Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryRuhr University BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Divion of History and PoliticsUniversity of StirlingStirlingUK

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