The Language of Contention: Revolutions in Words, 1688-2012

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 19, 2013 - Political Science - 249 pages
This book examines the relations between the material and political bases of contentious politics and the construction, diffusion, and endurance of contentious language. Beginning with the language of revolution developed from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, it examines contentious language at work, in gender and race relations and in nationalist and ethnic movements. It closes with an examination of emotions in contentious politics, reflecting on the changes in political language since 9/11 and assessing the impact of religion and recent innovations in electronic communication on the language of politics.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Repertoires of Contentious Language
8
Revolutions in Words
35
Words at Work
54
Race and Rights
81
Gender Words
115
Citizens Boundaries and Nations
149
Love and Hatred
165
Conclusions
190
Sources
213
Index
237
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Sidney Tarrow is Maxwell M. Upson Professor Emeritus of Government at Cornell University and a visiting professor at Cornell University Law School. His recent books include a collection of essays, Strangers at the Gates: States and Social Movements in Contentious Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and a revised and expanded edition of Power in Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He is currently completing a book on states, wars and movements.

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