Abstract and Keywords
Scholars of social movements turn to history to expand the range of their comparative studies to obtain larger numbers of cases and to examine a greater variety of movements and contexts. They also do so because time matters to movements. Movement participants have unfolding lives, movement organizations evolve, and changing social, economic, and political circumstances provide new themes for contention and alter the possibilities for collective action. Some important temporal processes take the form of trends, others are cycles, and still others are one-time major shocks, but they all matter for historical analysis. Scholars are commonly studying the joint occurrence of such processes.
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