Contention in context : political opportunities and the emergence of protest
- Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, , ©2012.
- Physical description
- xvi, 341 pages ; 23 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction : from political opportunity structures to strategic interaction / James M. Jasper
- Peasant revolts in the French Revolution / Jack A. Goldstone
- Rural social movements in Nicaragua / Anthony W. Pereira
- Human rights in Argentina / Amy Risley
- Rural unions in Brazil / John L. Hammond
- The civil rights movement / Francesca Polletta
- The women's movement / John D. Skrentny
- Gay and lesbian liberation / Adam Isaiah Green
- The U.S. movement for peace in Central America / James M. Jasper
- Opportunity knocks : the trouble with political opportunity and what you can do about it / Edwin Amenta and Drew Halfmann
- Sensing and seizing opportunities : how contentious actors and strategies emerge / Christian Bröer and Jan Willem Duyvendak
- Eventful protest, global conflicts : social mechanisms in the reproduction of protest / Donatella della Porta
- Conclusion : are protestors opportunists? : fifty tests / Jeff Goodwin.
- Publisher's Summary
- Despite extensive theoretical debates over the utility of "political opportunities" as an explanation for the rise and success of social movements, there have been surprisingly few serious empirical tests. Contention in Context provides the most extensive effort to date to test the model, analyzing a range of important cases of revolutions and protest movements to identify the role of political opportunities in the rise of political contention. With evidence from more than fifty cases, this book explores the role of the state in protest, the frequent overemphasis on political opportunities in recent research, and the extent to which opportunity models ignore the cultural and emotional triggers for collective action. By examining new directions in the study of protest and contention, this book shows that although political opportunities can help explain the emergence of certain kinds of movements, a new strategic language can ultimately tell us far more.
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- edited by Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper.