This 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 on the role of stories, as means of creating personal identity, but also as explanations, true or false, of political tensions and realities. He writes with the immediacy of a journalist, but the profound insight of a great theorist.
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.
Part 1 Stories and Explanations Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Softcore Solipsism Chapter 4 The Trouble with Stories Part 5 Political Identities Chapter 6 Stein Rokkan and Political Identities Chapter 7 Political Identities in History Chapter 8 Micro, Macro, or Megrim? Chapter 9 Social Movements and Other Political Interactions Part 10 Contentious Voices Chapter 11 Voice in Contentious Politics Chapter 12 Contentious Conversation Chapter 13 Where Do Rights Come From? Chapter 14 Power-Top Down and Bottom Up Part 15 Political Change Chapter 16 States and Nationalism in Europe 1492-1992 Chapter 17 The Time of States Chapter 18 Processes and Mechanisms of Democratization Chapter 19 So What?