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ERIC Number: EJ882702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
The Contentious Social Interactionism of Charles Tilly
Collins, Randall
Social Psychology Quarterly, v73 n1 p5-10 2010
Charles Tilly, who died in 2008 just before reaching the age of 79, was one of the great historical sociologists of the last half century. Along with Theda Skocpol, Michael Mann, and a few others, he carried out a revolution in people's understanding of social movements, revolutions, the rise and effects of the modern state, and social conflict or public contention generally. In this article, the author will focus on how Tilly, especially in his later work, converged with modern microsociology. Tilly's emphasis on identities, performances, and repertoires resembles a much more historically rooted Goffman; Tilly's concern for the mechanisms and dynamics of contention shows everyone a world as processual and as interactionally constructed as that of latter-day symbolic interactionists, although rather more conflictual.
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Language: English
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