The Politics of Collective Violence

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 17, 2003 - Political Science - 276 pages
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Are there any commonalities between such phenomena as soccer hooliganism, sabotage by peasants of landlords' property, road rage, and even the events of September 11? With striking historical scope and command of the literature of many disciplines, this book seeks the common causes of these events in collective violence. In collective violence, social interaction immediately inflicts physical damage, involves at least two perpetrators of damage, and results in part from coordination among the persons who perform the damaging acts. Charles Tilly argues that collective violence is complicated, changeable, and unpredictable in some regards, yet also results from similar causes variously combined in different times and places. Pinpointing the causes, combinations, and settings helps to explain collective violence and also helps to identify the best ways to mitigate violence and create democracies with a minimum of damage to persons and property. Charles Tilly is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University. He has published more than twenty scholarly books, including twenty specialized monographs and edited volumes on political processes, inequality, population change and European history.
  

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A classic. Extraordinarily useful for anyone interested in wars, conflicts, and states, and accessible to the layperson and scholar alike. Read full review

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A few hot spots, but mostly doesn't go anywhere. I published a detailed review in Mobilization 10(3). Read full review

Contents

VARIETIES OF VIOLENCE
1
VIOLENCE AS POLITICS
26
TRENDS VARIATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS
55
VIOLENT RITUALS
81
COORDINATED DESTRUCTION
102
OPPORTUNISM
130
BRAWLS
151
SCATTERED ATTACKS
170
BROKEN NEGOTIATIONS
194
CONCLUSIONS
221
References
239
Index
255
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Social scientist Charles Tilly was born in Lombard, Illinois on May 27, 1929. He graduated from Harvard Univeristy with a bachelor's degree in 1950 and a docorate in sociology in 1958. He also studied at Oxford University and the Catholic University in Angers, France. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy. He taught sociology and political science at numerous univeristies including the University of Delaware, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, the University of Michigan and Columbia University. During his lifetime, he wrote 51 books and monographs and more than 600 scholoarly articles. He received numerous awards including the Albert O. Hirschman Award from the Social Science Research Council. He died from lymphoma on April 29, 2008.

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