The Politics of Collective Violence / Edition 1

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Overview

Are there any commonalities between such phenomena as soccer hooliganism, sabotage by peasants of landlords' property, incidents of road rage, and even the recent events of September 11? With striking historical scope and command of the literature of many disciplines, this book seeks the common cause of these events in collective violence. In collective violence, social interaction immediately inflicts physical damage, involves at least two perpetrators of damage, and results in part from coordination among the persons who perform the damaging acts. Professor Tilly argues that collective violence is complicated, changeable, and unpredictable in some regards - yet that it also results from similar causes variously combined in different times and places. Pinpointing the causes, combinations, and settings helps to explain collective violence and its variations and also helps to identify the best ways to mitigate violence and create democracies with a minimum of damage to persons and property.
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"The Politics of Collective Violence offers an arsenal of testable hypotheses that have the capacity to render intelligible the actions of statesmen, terrorists, and road-ragers who turn to violence as a means of staking claims, asserting identity, or exacting retribution...Tilly has drawn the subject of violence into the same rational-strategic frame that defines political process theory." American Journal of Sociology

"....interesting insights...useful..." Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521531450
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Varieties of Violence 1
2 Violence as Politics 26
3 Trends, Variations, and Explanations 55
4 Violent Rituals 81
5 Coordinated Destruction 102
6 Opportunism 130
7 Brawls 151
8 Scattered Attacks 170
9 Broken Negotiations 194
10 Conclusions 221
References 239
Index 255
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