- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; unknown edition (December 12, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394726979
- ISBN-13: 978-0394726977
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although, their analysis is very insightful, I think their critique of formal organizations as detrimental to a movement is overly simplistic. Formal organizations do not necessarily mean bureaucracy or less disruption to a social structure. They fail to realize that interactions between different organizations expand movement goals and different organizations can frame movements differently to make them more likely to succeed.
A great book on how formal organizations work for movement success is Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco, 1950-1994 by Elizabeth Armstrong. Her analysis of how organizational diversity within the Gay Rights Movement enabled it survive the decline of the New Left and the AIDS Epidemic is especially insightful -- and serves as a direct contrast to Piven and Cloward's thesis that formal organizations are detrimental to movement success.