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Dynamics of Contention

Dynamics of Contention

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521011877

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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.

    • Broad, comparative survey of 15 highly varied cases of political contention drawn from around the world
    • Offers general dynamic framework for analyzing contentious politics
    • Integrates structuralist, culturalist and rationalist approaches to the study of contention
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    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521011877
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. What's the Problem?:
    1. What are they shouting about
    2. Lineaments of contention
    3. Comparisons, mechanisms, and episodes
    Part II. Tentative Solutions:
    4. Mobilizations in comparative perspective
    5. Contentious action
    6. Transformations of contention
    Part III. Applications and Conclusions:
    7. Revolutionary trajectories
    8. Nationalism, national disintegration, and contention
    9. Contentious democratization
    10. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Doug McAdam, Stanford University, California

    Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University, New York

    Charles Tilly, Columbia University, New York

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