Social Movements, Field Frames and Industry Emergence: A Cultural-Political Perspective on Us Recycling

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

Date Written: JANUARY 2003

Abstract

This article examines how social movements contribute to institutional change and the creation of new industries. We build on current efforts to bridge institutional and social movement perspectives in sociology and develop the concept of field frame to study how industries are shaped by social structures of meanings and resources that underpin and stabilize practices and social organization. Drawing on the case of how non-profit recyclers and the recycling social movement enabled the rise of a for-profit recycling industry, we show that movements can help to transform extant socio-economic practices and enable new kinds of industry development by engaging in efforts that lead to the de-institutionalization of field frames.

Keywords: social movements, institutions, field, framing, socio-economic change, recycling

Suggested Citation

Hirsch, Paul M. and Lounsbury, Michael and Ventresca, Marc J., Social Movements, Field Frames and Industry Emergence: A Cultural-Political Perspective on Us Recycling (JANUARY 2003). Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 1, pp. 71-104, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=811409

Paul M. Hirsch (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Marc J. Ventresca

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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