The aim of the book is to highlight and begin to give "voice" to some of the notable "silences" evident in recent years in the study of contentious politics. The coauthors hope to redress the present topical imbalance in the field. In particular, the authors take up seven specific topics in the volume: the relationship between emotions and contention; temporality in the study of contention; the spatial dimensions of contention; leadership in contention; the role of threat in contention; religion and contention; and contention in the context of demographic and life-course processes.
Preface; 1. Silence and voice in the study of contentious politics: an introduction Sidney Tarrow; 2. Emotions and contentious politics Ron Aminzade and Doug McAdam; 3. Space in contentious politics William H. Sewell, Jr.; 4. Temporality in the study of social movements and revolutions Doug McAdam and William H. Sewell, Jr; 5. Leadership dynamics and the dynamics of contention Ron Aminzade, Jack Goldstone and Elizabeth J. Perry; 6. The scared, religious, and secular in contentious politics: blurring boundaries Jack Goldstone and Elizabeth J. Perry; 7. Threat (and opportunity): popular action and state response in the dynamics of contentious action Jack Goldstone and Charles Tilly; 8. Contention in demographic and life-course context Jack Goldstone and Doug McAdam; 9. Harmonizing the voices: thematic continuity across the chapters Doug McAdam.
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