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Social Movements, Political Violence, and the State
A Comparative Analysis of Italy and Germany

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

Sidney Tarrow
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521029797

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  • This book presents empirical research on the nature and structure of political violence. While most studies of social movements focus on single - nations, Donatella della Porta uses a comparative research design to analyse movements in two countries - Italy and Germany - from the 1960s to the 1990s. Through extensive usage of official documents and in-depth interviews, della Porta is able to explain the actors' construction of external political reality. The empirical data are used to build a middle-range theory of political violence that incorporates an analysis of the interactions between social movements and the state at the macro-level, an analysis of the development of radical organizations as entrepreneurs for political violence at the meso-level, and an analysis of the construction of 'militant' identities and countercultures at the micro-level.

    • Explains political violence as outcome of 'normal' politics rather than irrational political pathology
    • Research uses comparative logic for studying countries and for studying time periods
    • Combination of trial and police records and interviews with militants offers solid portrayal of actors' social construction of reality
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521029797
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Sidney Tarrow
    List of abbreviations
    Preface
    1. Comparative research on political violence
    2. Political violence in Italy and Germany: a periodization
    3. Violence and the political system: the policing of protest
    4. Organizational processes and violence in social movements
    5. The logic of underground organizations
    6. Patterns of radicalization in political activism
    7. Individual commitment in the underground
    8. Social movements, political violence and the state
    a conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Donatella della Porta, European University Institute, Florence

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    Sidney Tarrow

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