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Power in Movement
Social Movements and Contentious Politics

3rd Edition

$30.99 (G)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521155724

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  • Social movements have an elusive power but one that is altogether real. From the French and American revolutions to the post-Soviet, ethnic, and terrorist movements of today, contentious politics exercises a fleeting but powerful influence on politics, society, and international relations. This study surveys the modern history of the modern social movements in the West and their diffusion to the global South through war, colonialism, and diffusion, and it puts forward a theory to explain its cyclical surges and declines. It offers an interpretation of the power of movements that emphasizes effects on the lives of militants, policy reforms, political institutions, and cultural change. The book focuses on the rise and fall of social movements as part of contentious politics in general and as the outcome of changes in political opportunities and constraints, state strategy, the new media of communication, and transnational diffusion.

    • Covers social movements and contentious politics in both the West and the global South
    • Deals with both domestic and transnational social movements
    • New edition includes new material on non-Western social movements, on terrorism and civil wars; it also includes much new material on transnational contention
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “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

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521155724
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Contentious politics and social movements
    Part I. Contentious Politics:
    3. Modular collective action
    4. Print and association
    5. States, capitalism, and contention
    Part II. Powers in Movement:
    6. Acting contentiously
    7. Networks and organizations
    8. Making meanings
    9. Threats, opportunities, and regimes
    Part III. Dynamics of Contention:
    10. Mechanisms and processes of contention
    11. Cycles of contention
    12. Struggling to reform
    13. Transnational contention
    14. Conclusion: the future of social movements.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • -Social Movements and Contentious Politics
    • African American Social Movements
    • American Political Processes
    • Approaches to Power
    • Campaign Development & Message Design
    • Challenges of Democratization
    • Collective Action & Movements
    • Collective Behavior and Social Movements
    • Collective Behaviors and Social Activism
    • Comparative Labor Movements
    • Comparative Politics Core
    • Comparative Social Movements
    • Contemporary Social and Political Movements in the Third World
    • Contentious Politics
    • Core Seminar: The Scope of Political Science
    • Global Dimensions of Social Movements
    • Global Media and Revolution
    • Global Social Movements
    • Globalization and Social Movements
    • Human Rights or Politics and Protest
    • Political Protest and Social Movements
    • Politics and Social Change
    • Politics of Revolution and Protest
    • Research Methods for Senior Paper
    • Seminar in Social Sciences
    • Social Movements - Quest for Justice
    • Social Movements and Political Protest
    • Social Movements and Social Change
    • Social Movements in American History
    • Social Movements in Global Perspective
  • Author

    Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University, New York
    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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