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Stories, Identities, and Political Change by Charles Tilly
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A wonderful account of the dynamics of political mobilization. This book is a collection of essays that help to elucidate Tilly's theoretical foundation. Particularly impressive are his accounts of the formation of political identity and his notion of relational realism, which attempts to find a middle ground between social constructivism and causal analysis. Some familiar with Tilly's work might be disappointed in the ratio of theoretical clarifications to detailed historical and empirical analysis (at various points, Tilly mentions Habermas, Foucault, and Derrida and even engages with the work of Rancière). But despite this focus, Tilly's analysis is always grounded in practical examples and a store of empirical work found in his other works.
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