Dynamics of Contention / Edition 1

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Overview

Dissatisfied with the compartmentalization of studies concerning strikes, wars, revolutions, social movements, and other forms of political struggle, McAdam, Tarrow, and Tilly identify causal mechanisms and processes that recur across a wide range of contentious politics. Critical of the static, single-actor models (including their own) that have prevailed in the field, they shift the focus of analysis to dynamic interaction. Doubtful that large, complex series of events such as revolutions and social movements conform to general laws, they break events into smaller episodes, then identify recurrent mechanisms and proceses within them. Dynamics of Contention examines and compares eighteen contentious episodes drawn from many different parts of the world since the French Revolution, probing them for consequential and widely applicable mechanisms, for example, brokerage, category formation, and elite defection. The episodes range from nineteenth-century nationalist movements to contemporary Muslim-Hindu conflict to the Tiananmen crisis of 1989 to disintegration of the Soviet Union. The authors spell out the implications of their approach for explanation of revolutions, nationalism, and democratization, then lay out a more general program for study of contentious episodes wherever and whenever they occur.

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'Dynamics of Contention - written by three of the leading scholars of social movements and 'contentious politics' - is undoubtedly the most ambitious, and arguably the most important, book on social movements (and related phenomena) written in the past two decades.' Sociology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521011877
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 1,019,311
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Pt. I What's the Problem?
1 What Are They Shouting About? 3
2 Lineaments of Contention 38
3 Comparisons, Mechanisms, and Episodes 72
Pt. II Tentative Solutions
4 Mobilization in Comparative Perspective 91
5 Contentious Action 124
6 Transformations of Contention 160
Pt. III Applications and Conclusions
7 Revolutionary Trajectories 193
8 Nationalism, National Disintegration, and Contention 227
9 Contentious Democratization 264
10 Conclusions 305
References 349
Index 371
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