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

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Mai 2004



This book presents empirical research on the nature and structure of political violence.


Foreword Sidney Tarrow; List of abbreviations; Preface; 1. Comparative research on political violence; 2. Political violence in Italy and Germany: a periodization; 3. Violence and the political system: the policing of protest; 4. Organizational processes and violence in social movements; 5. The logic of underground organizations; 6. Patterns of radicalization in political activism; 7. Individual commitment in the underground; 8. Social movements, political violence and the state; a conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


"...this is a book to be read and reckoned with. The comparison between Germany and Italy is compelling, often leading one to see each country's experience in a different light. The insights into the dynamics of violent social movements, particularly those regarding the role of the police and the ways that groups and individuals move into terrorism are trenchant and original. In general, the book demonstrates the effectiveness of using an institutional approach for studying political violence." Ted Perlmutter, German Politics and Society "There are...fascinating insights in these pages." Political Science Quarterly "These descriptive accounts are well grounded in a skilled and extensive review of the scholarly literature on terrorism and on social movements, supported by an impressive bibliography...Social Movements, Political Violence, and the State will constitue required reading for scholars of political movements and political violence, and for Italianists, Germanists, and West Europeanists generally. Its contributions to comparative research are extensive, its findings detailed and provocative, and its data base exemplary. Della Porta has written an excellent book, which will serve to extend discussion of social movements, political violence, and state response." Karen Beckwith, Italian Politics & Society "This is a book representing the best tradition of social movement research...The analysis first presents an analytically well-organized account of the timing and the structuring of violent protest in Germany and Italy that serves as the basis for the comaprison that follows...stimulating..." Klaus Eder, American Journal of Sociology "...this is a very important book. Anyone interested in small-group political violence and/or social movements in general will find it worthwhile. Social Movements, Political Violence, and the State, offers a powerful model for research that will, I hope, be imitated." Robert W. White, Contemporary Sociology
EAN: 9780521473965
ISBN: 0521473969
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Comparati'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2004
Seitenanzahl: 292 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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