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date: 06 December 2019

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This chapter conceives of social movements as a particular form of social organization that emerges out of repeated, patterned interactions between multiple actors. It breaks with the tradition of treating collective phenomena as aggregates of the properties of their individual components, and moves toward a relational and interactive view of collective action fields. It starts with a discussion of the difference between two slippery concepts, “relations” and “interactions,” followed by a more fundamental exploration of what represents a tie in the context of collective action processes. It then looks at how ties combine in distinct relational patterns, or “modes of coordination,” and at the factors (agendas, ideological stances, political opportunities, contingent interactions) that may facilitate the emergence of some tie configurations over others. It finally takes up one of the most important open issues of network analytic research, namely, how to map network evolution.

Keywords: social network analysis, relations, fields, network evolution, modes of coordination, culture and networks

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