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The New Transnational Activism


Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616775

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  • The New Transnational Activism, first published in 2005, shows how even the most prosaic activities can assume broader political meanings when they provide ordinary people with the experience of crossing transnational space. This means that we cannot be satisfied with defining transnational activists through the ways they think. The defining feature of transnationalism in this book is relational, and not cognitive. This emphasis on activism's relational structure means that even as they make transnational claims, transnational activists draw on the resources, the networks, and the opportunities in which they are embedded, and only then - if at all - on more distant transnational links. But we can no more sharply draw a line between domestic and international politics in studying transnational activism than we could ignore local politics in studying its national equivalent. Understanding the processes that link the local, the national and the international is the major undertaking of the book.

    • Covers both north and south of transnational politics
    • Historical and contemporary perspectives
    • Focuses on processes and mechanisms of transnational politics
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    '… Tarrow's book is highly valuable. It provides a taxonomy of forms of transnational activism that is certain to be taken up by other scholars of global social movements. His account of the range and variety of processes that characterise contentious politics at the international level seems very plausible. He also sends out an important warning to those who would see transnational activism merely as a reflex response to globalization.' Democratiya

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616775
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part 1. Structure, Process and Actors:
    1. Introduction
    2. Complex internationalism
    3. Rooted cosmopolitans and transnational activists
    Part II. The Global in the Local:
    4. Global framing
    5. Internalizing contention
    Part III. Transitional Processes:
    6. Diffusion and modularity
    7. Shifting the scale of contention
    Part IV. The Local in the Global:
    8. Externalizing contention
    9. Building transnational coalitions
    Part V. Transnationalism at Home and Abroad:
    10. Transnational impacts on domestic activism
    11. Internationalization and transnational activism.

  • Author

    Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University, New York
    Sidney Tarrow is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. Tarrow's first book was Peasant Communism in Southern Italy (Yale, 1967). In the 1980s, after a brief foray into comparative local politics, he returned to social movements with a collaborative volume with B. Klandermans and H. Kriesi, Between Structure and Action (JAI, 1988); then to a reconstruction of Italian protest cycle of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Democracy and Disorder (Oxford, 1989). His most recent books are Power in Movement (Cambridge, 1994, 1998) (with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly), Dynamics of Contention (Cambridge, 2001) (with Doug Imig), Contentious Europeans (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and (with Donatella della Porta) Transnational Protest and Global Activism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004). A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is currently Vice-President of the APSA Section on Comparative Politics.

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