Players and Arenas

The Interactive Dynamics of Protest

Edited by James M. Jasper and Jan Willem Duyvendak

Players and Arenas

Edited by James M. Jasper and Jan Willem Duyvendak

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

322 pages | 8 color plates, 6 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9789089647085 Published June 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.


Playing the Game

James M. Jasper

Part 1 - Insiders and supporters

Movement Factions

Players and Processes

Francesca Polletta and Kelsy Kretschmer

Fractal Arenas

Dilemmas of Style and Strategy in a Brazilian Student Congress

Ann Mische

Beyond Channeling and Professionalization

Foundations as Strategic Players in Social Movements

Edward T. Walker

Mind the Gap!

Strategic Interaction during Summit Protests

Christian Scholl

Part 2 - Market players

Corporations as Players and Arenas

Philip Balsiger

Professions, Social Movements, and the Sovereign Corporation

Frank Dobbin and Jiwook Jung

The Double Game of Unions and the Labor Movement

Ruth Milkman

Part 3 - Experts, intellectuals, and media

Giving Voice

The Ambivalent Roles of Specif ic Intellectuals in Immigrant and

LGBT Movements

Walter Nicholls and Justus Uitermark

Playing with Fire

Flame-Retardant Activists and Policy Arenas

Alissa Cordner, Phil Brown, and Margaret Mulcahy

Put Me in, Coach? Referee? Owner? Security?

Why the News Media Rarely Cover Movements as Political Players

Edwin Amenta, Neal Caren, and Amber Celina Tierney

When and Why Religious Groups Become Political Players

The Pro-Life Movement in Nicaragua

Silke Heumann and Jan Willem Duyvendak

What the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Illuminate about

Bystander Publics as Proto-Players

Hahrie Han and Dara Z. Strolovitch


Patterned Fluidity: An Interactionist Perspective as a Tool for

Exploring Contentious Politics

Jan Willem Duyvendak and Olivier Fillieule


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