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Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

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Sidney Tarrow
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 3, 4/14/2011
EAN 9780521155724, ISBN10: 052115572X

Paperback, 352 pages, 23.4 x 15.6 x 2 cm
Language: English

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.

1. Introduction
2. Contentious politics and social movements
Part I. Contentious Politics
3. Modular collective action
4. Print and association
5. States, capitalism, and contention
Part II. Powers in Movement
6. Acting contentiously
7. Networks and organizations
8. Making meanings
9. Threats, opportunities, and regimes
Part III. Dynamics of Contention
10. Mechanisms and processes of contention
11. Cycles of contention
12. Struggling to reform
13. Transnational contention
14. Conclusion
the future of social movements.