Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics

Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics

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The aim of this book is to highlight and begin to give 'voice' to some of the notable 'silences' evident in recent years in the study of contentious politics. The seven co-authors take up seven specific topics in the volume: the relationship between emotions and contention; temporality in the study of contention; the spatial dimensions of contention; leadership in contention; the role of threat in contention; religion and contention; and contention in the context of demographic and life-course processes. The seven spent three years involved in an ongoing project designed to take stock, and attempt a partial synthesis, of various literatures that have grown up around the study of non-routine or contentious politics. As such, it is likely to be viewed as a groundbreaking volume that not only undermines conventional disciplinary understanding of contentious politics, but also lays out a number of provocative new research more

Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus. 1 table
  • 0521001552
  • 9780521001557
  • 1,174,334

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'This book stands for a high quality, well-written volume, which has several interesting things to tell. it is likely to become a unique source of inspiration for future research.' Acta Politica 'The arguments these authors raise will reverbreate for quite a while.' Sociology 'If one were selecting an all star line-up of senior social movement scholars, the seven authors of Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics would comprise the nucleus of the first team ... each chapter contains insight and novel ideas ...'. Mobilizationshow more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Silence and voice in the study of contentious politics: an introduction Sidney Tarrow; 2. Emotions and contentious politics Ron Aminzade and Doug McAdam; 3. Space in contentious politics William H. Sewell, Jr.; 4. Temporality in the study of social movements and revolutions Doug McAdam and William H. Sewell, Jr; 5. Leadership dynamics and the dynamics of contention Ron Aminzade, Jack Goldstone and Elizabeth J. Perry; 6. The scared, religious, and secular in contentious politics: blurring boundaries Jack Goldstone and Elizabeth J. Perry; 7. Threat (and opportunity): popular action and state response in the dynamics of contentious action Jack Goldstone and Charles Tilly; 8. Contention in demographic and life-course context Jack Goldstone and Doug McAdam; 9. Harmonizing the voices: thematic continuity across the chapters Doug more

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