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Polityka kontestacji, protest, ruchy społeczne:logika rozwoju teorii
Contentious Politics, Protest, and Social Movements: The Logic of Theory Development

Author(s): Jan Kubik
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: social movements; politics; protest

Summary/Abstract: Having reviewed the history of theories dealing with contentious collective action, protest, and social movements, I analyze in detail the political process theory (PPT) formulated primarily by Zald, McCarthy, Tilly, Tarrow, and McAdam and subsequently revised in The Dynamics of Contention (2001) by the latter three. I discuss the main analytical and theoretical innovations proposed in this work and review the main critical reactions it evoked. In the second part, I offer an overview the newest trends in the study of contentious politics, emphasizing three processes: 1) increasing role of constructivism in sociological theory, 2) turn towards culture, and 3) growing significance of studies on the transnationalization of contention.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 04+05
  • Page Range: 41-82
  • Page Count: 41
  • Language: Polish