Charles Tilly and the Practice of Contentious Politics

  title={Charles Tilly and the Practice of Contentious Politics},
  author={Sidney Tarrow},
  journal={Social Movement Studies},
  pages={225 - 246}
  • S. Tarrow
  • Published 15 November 2008
  • History
  • Social Movement Studies
Charles Tilly developed the concept of the repertoire of contention over a long and distinguished career. It wasn't easy and it wasn't quick. In addition to being easily distracted, Tilly also needed to develop the analytical tools with which to study repertoires and performances and complete his transformation from what he called "an old structuralist" to what he came to call a "relational realist." This long development came to final fruition in the book he completed shortly before his death… 

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