As long as there have been formal governments, there has been
political contention, an interaction between ruler and subjects
involving claims and counterclaims, compliance or resistance,
cooperation, resignation, condescension, and resentment. Where
political studies tend to focus on either those who rule or those
who are ruled, the essays in this volume call our attention to the
interaction between these forces at the very heart of contentious
Written by prominent scholars of political and social history,
these essays introduce us to a variety of political actors:
peasants and workers, tax resisters and religious visionaries,
bandits and revolutionaries. From Brazil to Beijing, from the late
Middle Ages to the present, all were or are challenging
The authors take a distinctly historical approach to their
subject, writing both of specific circumstances and of larger
processes. While tracing their origins to the social history and
structural sociology approaches of the sixties and seventies, the
contributors have also profited from subsequent critiques of these
approaches. Taken together, their essays demonstrate that the
relationship between mobilization for collective action and
identity formation is a perennial problem for protest groups -- a
problem that the historical study of contentious politics, with its
focus on political interaction, can do much to explain.
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