Players and Arenas

Players and Arenas

By Jan Willem Duyvendak
Book Description

Players and Arenas brings together a diverse group of experts to examine the interactions between political protestors and the many strategic players they encounter, such as cultural institutions, religious organizations, and the mass media—as well as potential allies, competitors, recruits, and funders. Discussing protestors and players as they interact within the arenas of specific social contexts, the essays show that the main constraints on what protestors can accomplish come not from social and political structures, but from other players with different goals and interests. Through a careful treatment of these situations, this volume offers a new way to approach the role of social protest in national and international politics.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Contents
    • Introduction
      • Playing the Game
        • James M. Jasper
    • Part 1 – Insiders and supporters
      • 1 Movement Factions
        • Players and Processes
          • Francesca Polletta and Kelsy Kretschmer
      • 2 Fractal Arenas
        • Dilemmas of Style and Strategy in a Brazilian Student Congress1
          • Ann Mische
      • 3 Beyond Channeling and Professionalization
        • Foundations as Strategic Players in Social Movements
          • Edward T. Walker
      • 4 Mind the Gap!
        • Strategic Interaction during Summit Protests
          • Christian Scholl
    • Part 2 – Market players
      • 5 Corporations as Players and Arenas
        • Philip Balsiger
      • 6 Professions, Social Movements, and the Sovereign Corporation1
        • Frank Dobbin and Jiwook Jung
      • 7 The Double Game of Unions and the Labor Movement
        • Ruth Milkman
    • Part 3 – Experts, intellectuals, and media
      • 8 Giving Voice
        • The Ambivalent Roles of Specific Intellectuals in Immigrant and LGBT Movements
          • Walter Nicholls and Justus Uitermark
      • 9 Playing with Fire
        • Flame-Retardant Activists and Policy Arenas
          • Alissa Cordner, Phil Brown, and Margaret Mulcahy
      • 10 Put Me in, Coach? Referee? Owner? Security?
        • Why the News Media Rarely Cover Movements as Political Players1
          • Edwin Amenta, Neal Caren, and Amber Celina Tierney
      • 11 When and Why Religious Groups Become Political Players
        • The Pro-Life Movement in Nicaragua1
          • Silke Heumann and Jan Willem Duyvendak
      • 12 What the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Illuminate about Bystander Publics as Proto-Players
        • Hahrie Han and Dara Z. Strolovitch
    • Conclusion
      • Patterned Fluidity: An Interactionist Perspective as a Tool for Exploring Contentious Politics
        • Jan Willem Duyvendak and Olivier Fillieule
    • Contributors
    • Index
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