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Valdis, et al.
The Max Abrahms article you pointed Socnet too is brilliant, but also
repeats what Charles Tilly* and Joe Feagin pointed out 40 years ago.
That social networks point to much contentious political activity.
See Tilly's _The Vendee_ and his overview, "Collective Violence in
European Perspective", in the Gurr and Graham book.
Tilly, Charles. 1964. The Vendée: A Sociological Analysis of the Counter-
revolution of 1793. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Tilly, Charles. 1979. "Collective Violence in European Perspective,
revised version." Pp. 83-118 in Violence in America: Historical and
Comparative Perspective, edited by Hugh Davis Graham and Ted Robert Gurr.
Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
Joe Feagin found similar stuff when he interviewed folks after the 1968 US
Feagin, Joe and Harlan Hahn. 1973. Ghetto Revolt: The Politics of Violence
in American Cities. New York: Macmillan.
*I just returned from the Tilly memorial conference in NYC (SSRC/Columbia)
last weekend, in which many of these issues were salient. My own part was
different: showing how my own current work very much echoed Tilly's intro
to his _Urban World_ book.
No one used the loaded word "terrorism". Instead, "contentious politics"
was in vogue, altho at the end we're talking about, "collective violence"
PS: extra point essay Q: Does the Abrahams social loneliness/connectivity
argument hold true for state sponsored terrorism, such as Iraq. Who will
do the essay on Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney?
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