Identities, Boundaries, and Social Ties

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Paradigm Publishers, 2005 - Social Science - 269 pages
Identities, Boundaries and Social Ties offers a distinctive, coherent account of social processes and individuals' connections to their larger social and political worlds. It is novel in demonstrating the connections between inequality and de-democratization, between identities and social inequality, and between citizenship and identities. The book treats interpersonal transactions as the basic elements of larger social processes. Tilly shows how personal interactions compound into identities, create and transform social boundaries, and accumulate into durable social ties. He also shows how individual and group dispositions result from interpersonal transactions. Resisting the focus on deliberated individual action, the book repeatedly gives attention to incremental effects, indirect effects, environmental effects, feedback, mistakes, repairs, and unanticipated consequences. Social life is complicated. But, the book shows, it becomes comprehensible once you know how to look at it.

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Contents

Chapter
3
Chain Migration and Opportunity Hoarding
153
Boundaries Citizenship and Exclusion
171
Political Boundaries
185
Why Worry About Citizenship?
187
Inequality Democratization and DeDemocratization
199
Political Identities in Changing Polities
207
Invention Diffusion and Transformation of the Social Movement Repertoire
215
References
227
Index
257
Credits
267
About the Author 269
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About the author (2005)

Charles Tilly was Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, and author of fifty earlier books. Just before his death, he was honored with the Social Science Research Council's prestigious Albert O. Hirschman Prize. A founding friend of Paradigm, Tilly is author of several other Paradigm books including most recently, Explaining Social Processes.

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