Power in Movement : Social Movements and Contentious Politics

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2/4/2011
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Author Biography

Sidney G. Tarrow is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
List of Tablesp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Contentious Politics and Social Movementsp. l6
The Birth of The Modern Social Movement
Modular Collective Actionp. 37
Print and Associationp. 57
States, Capitalism, and Contentionp. 71
Powers in Movement
Acting Contentiouslyp. 95
Networks and Organizationsp. 119
Making Meaningsp. 140
Threats, Opportunities, and Regimesp. 157
Dynamics of Contention
Mechanisms and Processes of Contentionp. 183
Cycles of Contentionp. 195
Struggling to Reformp. 215
Transnational Contentionp. 234
Conclusions: The Future of Social Movementsp. 259
Sourcesp. 275
Indexp. 315
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