Tactics and Strategic Action

Brian Doherty, Graeme A Hayes

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We discuss the dominant approaches to the analysis of social movement tactics and strategies. If there is broad agreement among scholars about their importance to the performance and understanding of collective action, there is considerably less consensus on how best to explain the decisions over tactics and strategy that social movements make, the extent to which decisions reflect individual or group preferences, or the importance that should be accorded to the micro and macro levels of analysis. The debates concerning these questions provide the main focus of our discussion, from contentious politics to actor-centered and interactionist approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements
EditorsDavid Snow, Sarah Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, Holly McCammon
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-119-16859-1
ISBN (Print)9781119168553
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Bibliographical note

© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Published 2019 by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
This is the accepted version of the chapter:

Doherty, B., & Hayes, G. A. (2018). Tactics and Strategic Action. In D. Snow, S. Soule, H. Kriesi, & H. McCammon (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements (2nd ed., pp. 271-288). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


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