Contentious Politics

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Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - Social Science - 245 pages
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"In this clearly written and highly accessible book, two of the world's leading scholars of social movements offer a theoretically innovative approach to the study of political conflict. ... This is a wonderful teaching tool for courses in social theory, theory construction, political sociology, and social movements." Ron Aminzade, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota"An indispensable guide to the study of political science and international relations." Roberto Dominguez, Department of Government, Suffolk UniversityRevolutions, social movements, religious and ethnic conflict, nationalism and civil rights, and transnational movements: these forms of contentious politics combine in Charles Tilly's and Sidney Tarrow's Contentious Politics. The book presents a set of analytical tools and procedures for study, comparison, and explanation of these very different sorts of contention. Drawing on many historical and contemporary cases, the book shows that similar principles describe and explain a wide variety of struggles as well as many more routine forms of politics. Tilly and Tarrow have written the book to introduce readers to an exciting new program of political and sociological analysis.

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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.

Sidney Tarrow is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His latest books are The New Transnational Activism (Cambridge University Press 2005) and (with Donatella della Porta, eds.) Transnational Protest and Global Activism (Rowman & Littlefield 2004). He is currently President of the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science.

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