Stories, Identities, and Political Change

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An award-winning sociologist, Charles Tilly has been equally influential in explaining politics, history, and how societies change. Tilly's newest book tackles fundamental questions about the nature of personal, political, and national identities and their linkage to big events-revolutions, social movements, democratization, and other processes of political and social change. Tilly focuses in this book on the role of stories, as means of creating personal identity, but also as explanations, true or false, of political tensions and realities. He uses well-known examples from around the world-the Zapatista rebellion, Hindu-Muslim conflicts, and other examples in which nationalism and other forms of group identity are politically pivotal. Tilly writes with the immediacy of a journalist, but the profound insight of a great theorist.

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Contents

Introduction
3
Softcore Solipsism
15
The Trouble with Stories
25
Stein Rokkan and Political Identities
45
Political Identities in History
57
Micro Macro or Megrim?
69
Social Movements and Other Political Interactions
77
Voice in Contentious Politics
101
Power Top Down and Bottom Up
139
States and Nationalism in Europe 14921992
161
The Time of States
171
Processes and Mechanisms of Democratization
189
So What?
207
References
213
Index
245
About the Author

Contentious Conversation
111
Where Do Rights Come From?
123

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About the author (2002)

Charles Tilly, the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, is the author of more than thirty books. He lives in Manhattan, New York.