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9780521011877

Dynamics of Contention

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521011877

  • ISBN10:

    0521011876

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-09-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Over the past two decades the study of social movements, revolution, democratization and other non-routine politics has flourished. And yet research on the topic remains highly fragmented, reflecting the influence of at least three traditional divisions. The first of these reflects the view that various forms of contention are distinct and should be studied independent of others. Separate literatures have developed around the study of social movements, revolutions and industrial conflict. A second approach to the study of political contention denies the possibility of general theory in deference to a grounding in the temporal and spatial particulars of any given episode of contention. The study of contentious politics are left to 'area specialists' and/or historians with a thorough knowledge of the time and place in question. Finally, overlaid on these two divisions are stylized theoretical traditions - structuralist, culturalist, and rationalist - that have developed largely in isolation from one another.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
xi
Preface and Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations xix
Part I: What's the Problem?
What are they Shouting About?
3(35)
Lineaments of Contention
38(34)
Comparisons, Mechanisms, and Episodes
72(19)
Part II: Tentative Solutions
Mobilization in Comparative Perspective
91(33)
Contentious Action
124(36)
Transformations of Contention
160(33)
Part III: Applications and Conclusions
Revolutionary Trajectories
193(34)
Nationalism, National Disintegration, and Contention
227(37)
Contentious Democratization
264(41)
Conclusions
305(44)
References 349(22)
Index 371

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