Desperate Hopes : Revolutions in Sociological Perspectives
The concept and reality of revolution has gripped the imagination of many writers over the centuries. This is a comprehensive historical examination of these key ideas and theories. The book begins by examining why the study of revolution has attained such importance. He looks at the writings of Marx, Weber, Tocqueville, Freud, and Durkheim, asking how their theories were affected by the reality of living through the revolutions of 1848 and 1917. It then examines the interpretations of revolution offered by social scientists in the post-World War II period, including Theda Skocpol, Barrington Moore and Charles Tilly, among others. The work is brought fully up-to-date with current analyses of the Nicaraguan, Iranian and Angolan revolutions.
- Hardback | 220 pages
- 152 x 229mm
- 27 Sep 1990
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 7 figures, 10 tables, bibliography
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Table of contents
Revolutions in the sociological imagination; on the shoulders of giants - classical sociological perspectives on revolution; stages, systems, and deprivation - non-structural theories of revolution; revolution in international context - geo-political competition and the capitalist world-economy; class struggle and revolution; the state and revolution; motivation and mobilization - a structural social psychology of revolution.