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Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) [Paperback]

Sidney G. Tarrow
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February 4, 2011 052115572X 978-0521155724 3
Social movements have an elusive power but one that is altogether real. From the French and American revolutions to the post-Soviet, ethnic, and terrorist movements of today, contentious politics exercises a fleeting but powerful influence on politics, society, and international relations. This study surveys the modern history of the modern social movements in the West and their diffusion to the global South through war, colonialism, and diffusion, and it puts forward a theory to explain its cyclical surges and declines. It offers an interpretation of the power of movements that emphasizes effects on the lives of militants, policy reforms, political institutions, and cultural change. The book focuses on the rise and fall of social movements as part of contentious politics in general and as the outcome of changes in political opportunities and constraints, state strategy, the new media of communication, and transnational diffusion.

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"In Power in Movement, Sidney Tarrow shows how power moves through structure, contention, meaning and emotion in collective endeavor. Bringing together theoretical perspectives, evidence and cases from comparative politics and international relations, sociological research, and his history of social movements scholarship, Tarrow surveys and analyzes the development of the social movement, its relationship to the state and the political economy, its interactions with allies and opponents, and its national and transnational capacities and weaknesses. A pleasure to read, Power in Movement is a powerful and definitive work, a core text in any social movements or collective action course, a source of research questions and scholarly example for graduate students, and a necessary reference for sociologists, political scientists, and any scholar interested in and concerned with how power moves."
-Karen Beckwith, Case Western Reserve University

"Power in Movement is an important and highly readable book, which should be read and digested by sociologists, political scientists, and historians interested in fully understanding the various facets of social movements and contentious politics. This magnificent book integrates (and extends) the major theoretical perspectives on movements and politics and this new edition does a superb job of covering the major advances in the field since the last edition."
-Sarah Soule, Stanford University

"Power in Movement is a masterful synthesis and analysis of social movements and contentious politics. It is must reading for students and other scholars seeking a sophisticated survey of empirical work and an understanding of theoretical issues in the field. In this third edition, Tarrow provides a valuable update of post-9/11 developments and new work on transnational movements, and he employs the influential relational approach to mechanisms and processes of contention that he has developed in collaboration with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly."
-Suzanne Staggenborg, University of Pittsburgh

"The new, thoroughly revised and up-to-date edition of Tarrow's classic offers a magisterial synthesis of the wide-ranging literature on social movements, examined in the broader context of political contention. In its historical depth, global scope, and balanced attention to the opportunities for and limitations of social movement activities, this book constitutes a unique contribution and a must-read for scholars of Comparative Politics."
-Kurt Weyland, University of Texas at Austin

Book Description

This book offers an interpretation of the power of social movements that emphasizes their effects on the lives of militants, policy reforms, political institutions, and cultural change. The book focuses on the rise and fall of social movements as part of contentious politics in general and as the outcome of changes in political opportunities and constraints, state strategy, transnational diffusion, and the new media of communication.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (February 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052115572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521155724
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book as assigned reading for a sociology class on social movements. I felt that the content was for the most part of high quality, the organization was strong throughout, and the explanations were manageable. However, the writing in this book is a complete disaster. It's quite clear that Tarrow needs an editor; it's not so clear that there was an editor, at least not for this latest revision of the text. There are places where the section titles are incorrect. There are typographical errors. But most disturbing is the face that there's at least one grammatical error on each page (and I'm not talking about trivial or negotiable errors - I'm talking about indisputable, blatant errors). It's to the point that if you're anything like me, you'll find yourself paying more attention to the technical aspects of the writing than the content. That's a problem when you're trying to read for content. Some sentences were so destroyed either by poor writing, poor editing when amending them for this revised edition, or a combination thereof that they were entirely impenetrable.

If you can get past the technically awful writing and you're interested in the subject matter, you'll probably enjoy this. But if you have tendencies to be distracted by frequent errors, you're in for a rough ride.
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