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Regimes and Repertoires$
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Charles Tilly

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226803500

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226803531.001.0001

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Repertoires of Contention

Repertoires of Contention

(p.30) Chapter Three Repertoires of Contention
Regimes and Repertoires

Charles Tilly

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents a discussion on the repertoires of contention. We can capture some of the recurrent, historically embedded character of contentious politics by means of two related theatrical metaphors: performances and repertoires. Repertoires vary from nonexistent to weak to strong to rigid. Each position on the continuum identifies a different relationship between the familiarity of a previous performance and the likelihood that it will again appear in a similar situation, ranging from no relationship to perfect repetition. Strong or rigid repertoires imply great embedding of contention in previously existing history, culture, and social relations. The effects of incremental changes in repertoires identify intertwined strands of change in contentious repertoires, attributable to the internal history of struggle, transformations of regimes, alterations of social structure and culture outside the government, and their interaction. Tracing causal connections between regimes and repertoires requires a serious historical and comparative effort.

Keywords:   repertoires, contention, contentious politics, incremental changes, performances, regimes

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