The Structure of Comparison in the Study of Revolution

  title={The Structure of Comparison in the Study of Revolution},
  author={Colin J. Beck},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  pages={134 - 161}
  • C. Beck
  • Published 1 June 2018
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
The social scientific study of revolution has been deviled by a lack of progress in recent years, divided between competing views on the universality of patterns in revolution. This study examines the origins of these epistemologies. Drawing on an insight that different modes of comparison yield different types of knowledge, I argue that the network structure of how cases are compared constrains or enables the development of a field’s theoretical sensibilities. Analysis of comparative studies… 

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