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xvii, 249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- 1. Repertoires of contentious language-- 2. Revolutions in words-- 3. Words at work-- 4. Race and rights talk-- 5. Gender words-- 6. Citizens and nations-- 7. Love and hatred-- 8. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107693289 20160612
This book examines the relations between the material and political bases of contentious politics and the construction, diffusion and endurance of contentious language. Beginning with the language of revolution developed from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, it examines contentious language at work, in gender and race relations and in nationalist and ethnic movements. It closes with an examination of emotions in contentious politics, reflecting on the changes in political language since 9/11 and assessing the impact of religion and recent innovations in electronic communication on the language of politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107693289 20160612
Green Library
xviii, 190 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • 1. The gray zone-- 2. Party politics and everyday life-- 3. Food lootings-- 4. Moreno and La Matanza lootings-- 5. Making sense of collective violence.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521872362 20160528
Close to three hundred stores and supermarkets were looted during week-long food riots in Argentina in December 2001. Thirty-four people were reported dead and hundreds were injured. Among the looting crowds, activists from the Peronist party (the main political party in the country) were quite prominent. During the lootings, police officers were conspicuously absent - particularly when small stores were sacked. Through a combination of archival research, statistical analysis, multi-sited fieldwork, and taking heed of the perspective of contentious politics, this book provides the first available analytic description of the origins, course, meanings, and outcomes of the December 2001 wave of lootings in Argentina.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521872362 20160528
Green Library
xxii, 383 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • The republican era and the emergence of communist leadership during the anti-Japanese war of resistance
  • The ascent of the vigilante militia : the violent antecedents of Mao's war Communism
  • The onset of collectivization and popular dissatisfaction with Mao's "yellow bomb" road
  • The mandate abandoned : the disaster of the Great Leap Forward
  • Strategies of survival and their elimination in the great leap forward
  • The escape from famine and death
  • Indignation and frustrated retaliation : the politics of disengagement
  • The market comes first : the economics of disengagement and the origins of reform
  • Persistent memories and long-delayed retaliation in the reform era.
Green Library
xvii, 226 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction-- 2. Water in Cochabamba-- 3. !El agua es nuestra, carajo! The origins of the Bolivian Water Wars-- 4. Corn in Mexico-- 5. Sin maiz no hay pais: the Mexican tortillazo protests-- 6. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107562059 20160830
Meaningful Resistance explores the origins and dynamics of resistance to markets through an examination of two social movements that emerged to voice and channel opposition to market reforms. Protests against water privatization in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and rising corn prices in Mexico City, Mexico, offer a lens to analyze the mechanisms by which perceived, market-driven threats to material livelihood can prompt resistance. By exploring connections among marketization, local practices, and political protest, the book shows how the material and the ideational are inextricably linked in resistance to subsistence threats. When people perceive that markets have put subsistence at risk, material and symbolic worlds are both at stake; citizens take to the streets not only to defend their pocketbooks, but also their conceptions of community. The book advances contemporary scholarship by showing how attention to grievances in general, and subsistence resources in particular, can add explanatory leverage to analyses of contentious politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107562059 20160830
Green Library
xvi, 326 pages ; 23 cm.
  • 1. Political violence and social movements: an introduction-- 2. Escalating policing-- 3. Competitive escalation during protest cycles-- 4. The activation of militant networks-- 5. Organizational compartmentalization-- 6. Action militarization-- 7. Ideological encapsulation-- 8. Militant enclosure-- 9. Leaving clandestinity? Reversing mechanisms of engagement-- 10. Clandestine political violence: some conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521195744 20160612
Clandestine Political Violence compares four types of clandestine political violence: left-wing (in Italy and Germany), right-wing (in Italy), ethnonationalist (in Spain) and religious fundamentalist (in Islamist clandestine organizations). Oriented toward theory building, Della Porta develops her own definition of clandestine political violence. Building on the most recent developments in social movement studies, Della Porta proposes an original interpretative model. Using a unique research design, she singles out some common causal mechanisms at the onset, during the persistence and at the demise of clandestine political violence. The development of the phenomenon is located within the interactions among social movements, countermovements and the state. She pays particular attention to the ways different actors cognitively construct the reality they act upon. Based on original empirical research as well as existing research in many languages, this book is rich in empirical evidence on some of the most crucial cases of clandestine political violence.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521195744 20160612
Green Library
xx, 250 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • 1. Introduction: informal workers' movements and the state-- 2. Struggling with informality-- 3. The success of competitive populism-- 4. Communism's resistance to change-- 5. Why accommodation leads to minimal gains-- 6. Conclusion: dignifying discontent.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107025721 20160612
Since the 1980s, the world's governments have decreased state welfare and thus increased the number of unprotected 'informal' or 'precarious' workers. As a result, more and more workers do not receive secure wages or benefits from either employers or the state. This book offers a fresh and provocative look into the alternative social movements informal workers in India are launching. It also offers a unique analysis of the conditions under which these movements succeed or fail. Drawing from 300 interviews with informal workers, government officials and union leaders, Rina Agarwala argues that Indian informal workers are using their power as voters to demand welfare benefits from the state, rather than demanding traditional work benefits from employers. In addition, they are organizing at the neighborhood level, rather than the shop floor, and appealing to 'citizenship', rather than labor rights.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107025721 20160612
Green Library
xiii, 240 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- 1. The logic of connective action-- 2. Personalized communication in protest networks-- 3. Digital media and the organization of connective action-- 4. How organizationally enabled networks engage publics-- 5. Networks, power, and political outcomes-- 6. Conclusion: when logics collide.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107642720 20160612
The Logic of Connective Action explains the rise of a personalized digitally networked politics in which diverse individuals address the common problems of our times such as economic fairness and climate change. Rich case studies from the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany illustrate a theoretical framework for understanding how large-scale connective action is coordinated. In many of these mobilizations, communication operates as an organizational process that may replace or supplement familiar forms of collective action based on organizational resource mobilization, leadership, and collective action framing. In some cases, connective action emerges from crowds that shun leaders, as when Occupy protesters created media networks to channel resources and create loose ties among dispersed physical groups. In other cases, conventional political organizations deploy personalized communication logics to enable large-scale engagement with a variety of political causes. The Logic of Connective Action shows how power is organized in communication-based networks, and what political outcomes may result.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107642720 20160612
Green Library
xiv, 246 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. The logic of social movement outcomes-- 2. Civil rights and reactive countermobilization-- 3. The calculus of compromise-- 4. Local struggles-- 5. Patterns of regional change-- 6. Federal responses to civil rights mobilization-- 7. Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521133395 20160604
Social movements have wrought dramatic changes upon American society. This raises the question: Why do some movements succeed in their endeavors while others fail? Luders answers this question by introducing an analytical framework that begins with a shift in emphasis away from the characteristics of movements toward the targets of protests and affected bystanders and why they respond as they do. This shift brings into focus how targets and other interests assess both their exposure to movement disruptions as well as the costs of conceding to movement demands. From this point, diverse outcomes stem not only from a movement's capabilities for protest but also from differences among targets and others in their vulnerability to disruption and the substance of movement goals. Applied to the civil rights movement, this approach recasts conventional accounts of the movement's outcome in local struggles and national politics and clarifies the broader logic of social change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521133395 20160604
Green Library
xviii, 318 p. ; 25 cm.
  • 1. The inconvenient fact of antineoliberal mobilization-- 2. Contentious politics, contemporary market society, and power-- 3. The argument: explaining episodes of antineoliberal contention in Latin America-- 4. Argentina-- 5. Bolivia-- 6. Ecuador-- 7. Venezuela-- 8. Peru and Chile-- Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521705721 20160528
At the turn of the twentieth century, a concatenation of diverse social movements arose unexpectedly in Latin America, culminating in massive anti-free market demonstrations. These events ushered in governments in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela that advocated socialization and planning, challenging the consensus over neoliberal hegemony and the weakness of movements to oppose it. Eduardo Silva offers the first comprehensive comparative account of these extraordinary events, arguing that the shift was influenced by favorable political associational space, a reformist orientation to demands, economic crisis, and mechanisms that facilitated horizontal linkages among a wide variety of social movement organizations. His analysis applies Karl Polanyi's theory of the double movement of market society to these events, predicting the dawning of an era more supportive of government intervention in the economy and society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521705721 20160528
Green Library
xv, 192 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction-- 2. Understanding social movements, contentions and private politics and their consequences-- 3. Anti-corporate protest in the United States, 1960-1990-- 4. The effect of protest on university divestment-- 5. Private and contentious politics in the post-1990 era-- 6. Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521727068 20160528
This book examines anti-corporate activism in the United States, including analysis of anti-corporate challenges associated with social movements as diverse as the Civil Rights Movement and the Dolphin-safe Tuna Movement. Using a unique dataset of protest events in the United States, the book shows that anti-corporate activism is primarily about corporate policies, products, and negligence. Although activists have always been distrustful of corporations and sought to change them, until the 1970s and 1980s, this was primarily accomplished via seeking government regulation of corporations or via organized labor. Sarah A. Soule traces the shift brought about by deregulation and the decline in organized labor, which prompted activists to target corporations directly, often in combination with targeting the state. Using the literatures on contentious and private politics, which are both essential for understanding anti-corporate activism, the book provides a nuanced understanding of the changing focal points of activism directed at corporations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521727068 20160528
Green Library
xvi, 235 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Claims as performances-- 2. How to detect and describe performances and repertoires-- 3. How performances form, change, and disappear-- 4. From campaign to campaign-- 5. Invention of the social movement-- 6. Repertoires and regimes-- 7. Contention in space and time-- 8. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521515849 20160528
How can we get inside popular collective struggles and explain how they work? Contentious Performances presents a distinctive approach to analyzing such struggles, drawing especially on incomparably rich evidence from Great Britain between 1758 and 1834. The book accomplishes three main things. First, it presents a logic and method for describing contentious events, occasions on which people publicly make consequential claims on each other. Second, it shows how that logic yields superior explanations of the dynamics in such events, both individually and in the aggregate. Third, it illustrates its methods and arguments by means of detailed analyses of contentious events in Great Britain from 1758 to 1834.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521515849 20160528
Green Library
xvii, 179 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Rightful resistance-- 2. Opportunities and perceptions-- 3. Boundary-spanning claims-- 4. Tactical escalation-- 5. Outcomes-- 6. Implications for China.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521861311 20160528
How can the poor and weak 'work' a political system to their advantage? Drawing mainly on interviews and surveys in rural China, Kevin O'Brien and Lianjiang Li show that popular action often hinges on locating and exploiting divisions within the state. Otherwise powerless people use the rhetoric and commitments of the central government to try to fight misconduct by local officials, open up clogged channels of participation, and push back the frontiers of the permissible. This 'rightful resistance' has far-reaching implications for our understanding of contentious politics. As O'Brien and Li explore the origins, dynamics, and consequences of rightful resistance, they highlight similarities between collective action in places as varied as China, the former East Germany, and the United States, while suggesting how Chinese experiences speak to issues such as opportunities to protest, claims radicalization, tactical innovation, and the outcomes of contention.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521861311 20160528
Green Library
xiv, 237 p. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Insurgent groups and the quest for overseas support-- 2. Power, exchange, and marketing-- 3. From ethnic to environmental conflict: Nigeria's Ogoni movement-- 4. The making of an anti-globalization icon: Mexico's Zapatista uprising-- 5. Transnational marketing and world politics.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521845700 20160528
How do a few Third World political movements become global causes celebres, while most remain isolated? This book rejects dominant views that needy groups readily gain help from selfless nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Instead, they face a Darwinian struggle for scarce resources where support goes to the savviest, not the neediest. Examining Mexico's Zapatista rebels and Nigeria's Ogoni ethnic group, the book draws critical conclusions about social movements, NGOs, and 'global civil society'.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521845700 20160528
Green Library
xiv, 305 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface-- 1. Contention and democracy-- 2. Regimes and their contention-- 3. Undemocratic contention-- 4. France-- 5. The British Isles-- 6. Switzerland as a special case-- 7. Democracy and other regimes in Europe-- 8. Europe and elsewhere.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521537131 20160528
Contention and Democracy in Europe, 1650-2000 is an analysis of the relationship between democratization and contentious politics that builds upon the model set forth in the pathbreaking book, Dynamics of Contention. Using a sustained comparison of French and British histories since 1650 or so as a springboard for more general comparison within Europe Contention and Democracy goes on to demonstrate that democratization occurred as result of struggles during which (as in 19th century Britain and France) few, if any, of the participants were self-consciously trying to create democratic institutions. Consequently, circumstances for democratization vary from era to era, region to region as functions of previous history, international environments, available models of political organization, and predominant patterns of social relations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521537131 20160528
Green Library
xii, 276 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • 1. Varieties of violence-- 2. Violence as politics-- 3. Trends, variations, and explanations-- 4. Violent rituals-- 5. Coordinated destruction-- 6. Opportunism-- 7. Brawls-- 8. Scattered attacks-- 9. Broken negotiations-- 10. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521531450 20160528
Are there any commonalities between such phenomena as soccer hooliganism, sabotage by peasants of landlords' property, incidents of road rage, and even the recent 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. Professor Tilly argues that collective violence is complicated, changeable, and unpredictable in some regards, yet that it also results from similar causes variously combined in different times and places. Pinpointing the causes, combinations, and settings helps to explain collective violence and its variations, and also helps to identify the best ways to mitigate violence and create democracies with a minimum of damage to persons and property.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521531450 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
xii, 276 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Varieties of violence-- 2. Violence as politics-- 3. Trends, variations, and explanations-- 4. Violent rituals-- 5. Coordinated destruction-- 6. Opportunism-- 7. Brawls-- 8. Scattered attacks-- 9. Broken negotiations-- 10. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521531450 20160528
Are there any commonalities between such phenomena as soccer hooliganism, sabotage by peasants of landlords' property, incidents of road rage, and even the recent 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. Professor Tilly argues that collective violence is complicated, changeable, and unpredictable in some regards, yet that it also results from similar causes variously combined in different times and places. Pinpointing the causes, combinations, and settings helps to explain collective violence and its variations, and also helps to identify the best ways to mitigate violence and create democracies with a minimum of damage to persons and property.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521531450 20160528
Green Library
xxi, 387 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
  • Part I. What's the Problem?: 1. What are they shouting about-- 2. Lineaments of contention-- 3. Comparisons, mechanisms, and episodes-- Part II. Tentative Solutions: 4. Mobilizations in comparative perspective-- 5. Contentious action-- 6. Transformations of contention-- Part III. Applications and Conclusions: 7. Revolutionary trajectories-- 8. Nationalism, national disintegration, and contention-- 9. Contentious democratization-- 10. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521805889 20160605
In recent decades the study of social movements, revolution, democratization and other non-routine politics has flourished. And yet research on the topic remains highly fragmented, reflecting the influence of at least three traditional divisions. The first of these reflects the view that various forms of contention are distinct and should be studied independent of others. Separate literatures have developed around the study of social movements, revolutions and industrial conflict. A second approach to the study of political contention denies the possibility of general theory in deference to a grounding in the temporal and spatial particulars of any given episode of contention. The study of contentious politics are left to 'area specialists' and/or historians with a thorough knowledge of the time and place in question. Finally, overlaid on these two divisions are stylized theoretical traditions - structuralist, culturalist, and rationalist - that have developed largely in isolation from one another. This book was first published in 2001.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521805889 20160605
Business Library
1 online resource (206 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
  • 1. Introduction: organizing under duress-- Part I. Technologies of Control: 2. Labor organizations in China-- 3. Fragmented control-- 4. Competitive control-- Part II. Coaching Contention: 5. Micro-collective action-- 6. Atomized action-- 7. Discursive action 8. A political compromise? Appendix: political ethnography-- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781108420549 20171218
When advocacy organizations are forbidden from rallying people to take to the streets, what do they do? When activists are detained for coordinating protests, are their hands ultimately tied? Based on political ethnography inside both legal and blacklisted labor organizations in China, this book reveals how state repression is deployed on the ground and to what effect on mobilization. It presents a novel dynamic of civil society contention - mobilizing without the masses - that lowers the risk of activism under duress. Instead of facilitating collective action, activists coach the aggrieved to challenge authorities one by one. In doing so, they lower the risks of organizing while empowering the weak. This dynamic represents a third pathway of contention that challenges conventional understandings of mobilization in an illiberal state. It takes readers inside the world of underground labor organizing and opens the black box of repression inside the world's most powerful authoritarian state.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781108420549 20171218
1 online resource (340 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
  • Part I. Theoretical Framework: 1. Introduction: a theory for the popular sectors' quest for inclusion in Latin America-- 2. Beyond repertoires of contention: conceptualizing strategy making in social movements-- Part II. The Second Incorporation in Argentina: 3. From the origin of unemployed workers' protests to recognition of the 'piquetero question' (1996-9)-- 4. From recognition of the claim to the legitimation of the piquetero movement as a national actor (1999-2001)-- 5. From movement legitimation to failed state reincorporation in the socio-political arena (2002-3)-- 6. Party territorial reincorporation in the socio-political arena (2003-9)-- 7. The aftermath of second incorporation: between continuity and change (2009-15)-- Part III. Comparisons and Conclusions: 8. Social movements and the struggle to reshape the socio-political arena in Bolivia and Brazil-- 9. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107110113 20171127
This book offers an innovative perspective on the ever-widening gap between the poor and the state in Latin American politics. It presents a comprehensive analysis of the main social movement that mobilized the poor and unemployed people of Argentina to end neoliberalism and to attain incorporation into a more inclusive and equal society. The piquetero (picketer) movement is the largest movement of unemployed people in the world. This movement has transformed Argentine politics to the extent of becoming part of the governing coalition for more than a decade. Rossi argues that the movement has been part of a long-term struggle by the poor for socio-political participation in the polity after having been excluded by authoritarian regimes and neoliberal reforms. He conceptualizes this process as a wave of incorporation, exploring the characteristics of this major redefinition of politics in Latin America.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107110113 20171127
1 online resource : digital, PDF file(s).
  • Introduction-- 1. History of US-Nicaragua relations-- 2. International relations theory, asymmetric conflicts and contentious politics-- 3. Revolutionary deterrence-- 4. Challenging Reagan-- 5. Media framing and opposition to the use of force in US foreign policy-- 6. Activating public opinion-- 7. Stopping rollback: evidence of revolutionary deterrence on Congressional opposition, Reagan, and Reagan administration decision-making-- Conclusion. Scope conditions and implications of revolutionary deterrence-- Epilogue. Post-revolutionary developments.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107113893 20170502
How was the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) of Nicaragua able to resist the Reagan Administration's coercive efforts to rollback their revolution? Hector Perla challenges conventional understandings of this conflict by tracing the process through which Nicaraguans, both at home and in the diaspora, defeated US aggression in a highly unequal confrontation. He argues that beyond traditional diplomatic, military, and domestic state policies a crucial element of the FSLN's defensive strategy was the mobilization of a transnational social movement to build public opposition to Reagan's policy within the United States, thus preventing further escalation of the conflict. Using a contentious politics approach, the author reveals how the extant scholarly assumptions of international relations theory have obscured some of the most consequential dynamics of the case. This is a fascinating study illustrating how supposedly powerless actors were able to constrain the policies of the most powerful nation on earth.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107113893 20170502


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