European Democratic Contention
Fri, February 18, 2011 • 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM • UNB 3.116
Spontaneity and Organization in European Democratic Contention
This workshop examines a crucial puzzle in the study of democratic contention in Europe during the 19th and early 20th century, namely what role spontaneous mass action played: Whereas theoretical assumptions embraced by many social scientists do not leave much room for spontaneity, historians have regularly observed contentious efforts that seemed to start in a spontaneous, unorganized, not centrally directed fashion. To shed light on this issue, historians and social scientists will analyze the revolutionary episodes of 1848, 1871, and 1917-19 in Western and Central Europe. In empirical terms, the workshop seeks to ascertain what role unorganized, spontaneous “crowds” played in the eruption of these protests and uprisings and in their wave-like spread in 1848 and 1917-19. In theoretical terms, the workshop will assess what factors explain these protests and their diffusion: How important were “rational” interests and cost/benefit calculations; ideas, ideologies, and cultural norms; sentiments and emotions; or cognitive shortcuts?
Participants include: Kathleen Canning (U. of Michigan), Jonathan Sperber (U of Missouri), and David Schafer (California State U.)
Friday, February 18, 2011
9:00 am – 4:45 pm
Texas Student Union, Governors’ Room (3.116)
The workshop program is attached.
For access to the papers, please contact Kurt Weyland, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light lunch will be provided. RSVP required.
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