October Dialogue: Organization Theory and Social Movements in the 21st Century

Our October essay dialogue focuses on the significance of Mayer Zald’s work to the study of social movements and organizations in light of his recent passing. Contributors discuss not only Mayer’s well-known contributions, but also some important themes in his work that have been under-developed and, thus, are fertile ground for current research.  We see this dialogue as both a tribute to Mayer Zald and an attempt to raise questions that he might have found intriguing.  Many thanks to the distinguished contributors to this topic:

Elisabeth Clemens, University of Chicago (essay)
Jerry Davis
, University of Michigan (essay)
Brayden King, Northwestern University (essay)
Calvin Morrill, University of California, Berkeley (essay)
Huggy Rao, Stanford University (essay)
Jackie Smith, University of Pittsburgh (essay)
Sarah Soule, University of Stanford (essay)

Enjoy these essays and join the conversation by posting your comments.

Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, Dan Myers


Filed under Essay Dialogues, Organizational Theory and Social Movements

2 responses to “October Dialogue: Organization Theory and Social Movements in the 21st Century

  1. Pingback: social movements, organizational theory, and Mayer Zald « orgtheory.net

  2. krippendorf

    I’ve always wondered why some subfields nurture their young, while others prefer to eat them. From an outsider’s perspective (I wandered over here from orgtheory), social movements seemed to fall squarely into the former category.

    These essays suggest one reason: leading scholars like Zald who are not only productive and smart, but generous mentors and fosterers-of-talent. This affects not only those who had direct contact with him, but the entire “culture” of the field. (Lest I be accused of putting forward a “great person” theory, I also think structural conditions vary across subfields, and are more or less conducive to nurturing vs.eating young. But that’s not important here.)

    Thanks to the authors for sharing these remembrances.


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