Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics / Edition 3

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While covering cultural, organizational and personal sources of movements' power, the book emphasizes the rise and fall of social movements as part of political struggle and as the outcome of changes in political opportunity structure.
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Editorial Reviews

Studies in Comparative
This is unquestionably a seminal work, one that lies fundamentally in the literature on social movements. . .an exceptionally rich synthesis and weaving together of research and literature on social movements. — Studies in Comparative International Development
American Political Scientist
The brilliance of this book is the author's ability to transcend conventional schools of socialmovement analysis. . . .It is difficult to see movements int he same light after reading this book.— American Political Science Review
From the Publisher
“In Power in Movement, Sidney Tarrow shows how power moves through structure, contention, meaning and emotion in collective endeavor. Bringing together theoretical perspectives, evidence and cases from comparative politics and international relations, sociological research, and his history of social movements scholarship, Tarrow surveys and analyzes the development of the social movement, its relationship to the state and the political economy, its interactions with allies and opponents, and its national and transnational capacities and weaknesses. A pleasure to read, Power in Movement is a powerful and definitive work, a core text in any social movements or collective action course, a source of research questions and scholarly example for graduate students, and a necessary reference for sociologists, political scientists, and any scholar interested in and concerned with how power moves.”
—Karen Beckwith, Case Western Reserve University

“Power in Movement is an important and highly readable book, which should be read and digested by sociologists, political scientists, and historians interested in fully understanding the various facets of social movements and contentious politics. This magnificent book integrates (and extends) the major theoretical perspectives on movements and politics and this new edition does a superb job of covering the major advances in the field since the last edition.”
—Sarah Soule, Stanford University

“Power in Movement is a masterful synthesis and analysis of social movements and contentious politics. It is must reading for students and other scholars seeking a sophisticated survey of empirical work and an understanding of theoretical issues in the field. In this third edition, Tarrow provides a valuable update of post-9/11 developments and new work on transnational movements, and he employs the influential relational approach to mechanisms and processes of contention that he has developed in collaboration with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly.”
—Suzanne Staggenborg, University of Pittsburgh

“The new, thoroughly revised and up-to-date edition of Tarrow’s classic offers a magisterial synthesis of the wide-ranging literature on social movements, examined in the broader context of political contention. In its historical depth, global scope, and balanced attention to the opportunities for and limitations of social movement activities, this book constitutes a unique contribution and a must-read for scholars of Comparative Politics.”
—Kurt Weyland, University of Texas at Austin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521155724
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 735,331
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Tarrow (Ph.D. Berkeley, 1965) is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His recent books are Dynamics of Contention (with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly), Contentious Europeans (with Doug Imig), Transnational Protest and Global Activism (co-edited with Donatella della Porta), The New Transnational Activism and Contentious Politics (with Charles Tilly). He is currently researching war, state-building and human rights.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction 1
1 Contentious Politics and Social Movements 10
Pt. I The Birth of the Modern Social Movement
2 Modular Collective Action 29
3 Print and Association 43
4 State Building and Social Movements 54
Pt. II From Contention to Social Movements
5 Political Opportunities and Constraints 71
6 Acting Contentiously 91
7 Framing Contention 106
8 Mobilizing Structures and Contentious Politics 123
Pt. III The Dynamics of Movement
9 Cycles of Contention 141
10 Struggling to Reform 161
11 Transnational Contention 176
Conclusion: The Future of Social Movements 196
Notes 211
Sources 233
Index 263
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