Revolution : A Sociological Interpretation

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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. Kimmel 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. Kimmel 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 more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 227 x 14mm | 406g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745603130
  • 9780745603131

Table of contents

1. Revolutions in the Sociological Imagination. 2. On the Shoulders of Giants:. Classical Sociological Perspectives on Revolution. 3. Stages, Systems, and Deprivation:. Non-Structural Theories of Revolution. 4. Revolution in International Context:. Geo-Political Competition and the Capitalist World-Economy. 5. Class Struggle and Revolution. 6. The State and Revolution. 7. Motivation and Mobilization:. A Structural Social Psychology of Revolution. Conclusion. more

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a Kimmel has written a clear, reflective, critical and comprehensive guide to theories of revolution. Anyone who wants to catch up on current thinking on violent upheaval will do well to begin with this book.a Charles Tilly, New School for Social Research, New York a A comprehensive survey of theories of revolution.a International Review of Social Historyshow more

About Michael S. Kimmel

Michael S. Kimmel is the author of several previous works including Absolutism and its Discontents: State and Society in 17th Century France and England (Transaction, 1987)show more

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