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Dynamics of Contention : Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics - Doug McAdam

Dynamics of Contention

Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

Paperback Published: 21st January 2002
ISBN: 9780521011877
Number Of Pages: 412

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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.

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'Dynamics of Contention - written by three of the leading scholars of social movements and 'contentious politics' - is undoubtedly the most ambitious, and arguably the most important, book on social movements (and related phenomena) written in the past two decades.' Sociology

What's the Problem?
What are they shouting about
Lineaments of contention
Comparisons, mechanisms, and episodes
Tentative Solutions
Mobilizations in comparative perspective
Contentious action
Transformations of contention
Applications and Conclusions
Revolutionary trajectories
Nationalism, national disintegration, and contention
Contentious democratization
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ISBN: 9780521011877
ISBN-10: 0521011876
Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 21st January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54

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