Social Movements, Political Violence, and the State: A Comparative Analysis of Italy and Germany

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Political Science - 292 pages
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This book presents empirical research on the nature and structure of political violence. While most studies of social movements focus on single-nation studies, Donatella della Porta uses a comparative research design to analyze movements in two countries--Italy and Germany--from the 1960s to the 1990s. Through extensive use of official documents and in-depth interviews, della Porta is able to explain the actors' construction of external political reality, and to build a theory on political violence that synthesizes the various interactions among political actors.
 

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Contents

1 Comparative research on political violence
1
a periodization
22
the policing of protest
55
4 Organizational processes and violence in social movements
83
5 The logic of underground organizations
113
6 Patterns of radicalization in political activism
136
7 Individual commitment in the underground
165
a conclusion
187
Notes
217
Bibliography
235
Index
261
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