Insurgent Identities: Class, Community, and Protest in Paris from 1848 to the Commune
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Insurgent Identities: Class, Community, and Protest in Paris from 1848 to the Commune

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In this important contribution both to the study of social protest and to French social history, Roger Gould breaks with previous accounts that portray the Paris Commune of 1871 as a continuation of the class struggles of the 1848 Revolution. Focusing on the collective identities framing conflict during these two upheavals and in the intervening period, Gould reveals that...more
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Published December 1st 1995 by University Of Chicago Press
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Agon Maliqi
I wrote a review of this book for a class on Collective Action and Social Movements, so I thought I'd post it here for anyone who might be interested.

Insurgent Identities: Class, Community, and Protest in Paris from 1848 to the Commune

Roger V. Gould's book introduces a theoretical framework which stresses the critical role of social networks and institutions as mobilizing forces for collective action. Gould attempts to illustrate the validity of his theoretical approach by providing an analyt...more
DoctorM
Very well-crafted look at urban space and the idea of class and revolution in Paris, comparing the June Days of 1848 with the Commune of 1871. Gould looks at what mobilised the rebels in each case and looks, too, at Henri Lefebvre's ideas of urban space and urban identity and critiques them in light of Gould's own analysis of 1848 and 1871.

Gould argues that June 1848 was about class, about workers organising themselves as workers in order to demand jobs promised them in the aftermath of the Feb...more
Lindsay Campbell
Oct 25, 2007 Lindsay Campbell rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sociologists
does it count as read if you read the first chapter, last chapter, appendix, and first and last paragraph of each inside chapter? i had no critical frame of reference to assess the historic arguments in this book.
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