Comparing Social Movement Participation in Western Europe and the United States: Problems, Uses, and a Proposal for Synthesis
August 1986 (VOL. 4, NO. 2)
This paper considers some reasons why there have been few comparisons between European and American social movements. It then considers some of the advantages from a comparative approach, offers examples in which comparative research can help to improve analysis and interpretation, and outlines some problems faced by students of comparative social movements. It then proposes a synthesis of the American "resource mobilization" and European "new social movements" traditions.