Dynamics of Contention

Dynamics of Contention

by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, Charles Tilly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521805880

ISBN-13: 9780521805889

Pub. Date: 09/10/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521805889
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2001
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Pt. IWhat's the Problem?
1What Are They Shouting About?3
2Lineaments of Contention38
3Comparisons, Mechanisms, and Episodes72
Pt. IITentative Solutions
4Mobilization in Comparative Perspective91
5Contentious Action124
6Transformations of Contention160
Pt. IIIApplications and Conclusions
7Revolutionary Trajectories193
8Nationalism, National Disintegration, and Contention227
9Contentious Democratization264
10Conclusions305
References349
Index371

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