Why Men Rebel was first published in 1970 after a decade of political violence across the world. Forty years later, serious conflicts continue in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Ted Robert Gurr reintroduces us to his landmark work, putting it in context with the research it influenced as well as world events. Why Men Rebel remains highly relevant to today's violent and unstable world with its holistic, people-based understanding of the causes of political protest and rebellion. With its close eye on the politics of group identity, this book provides new insight into contemporary security challenges.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Explanations of Political Violence 2. Relative Deprivation And The Impetus To Violence 3. The Intensity and Scope of Relative Deprivation 4. Social Origins of Deprivation: Sources of Rising Expectations 5. Social Origins of Deprivation: Determinants of Value Capabilities 6. Perspectives On Violence and Politics: Socialization, Tradition, And Legitimacy 7. Perspectives On Violence And Politics: Ideologies, Utilities, and Communication 8. The Coercive Balance 9. The Balance of Institutional Support 10. Causes And Processes Of Political Violence: A Conclusion
Ted Robert Gurr is former Director of the Minorities at Risk Project and Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland. He is author of numerous books and articles including Peoples vs. States: Minorities at Risk in the New Century (2000).
Praise for the Original Edition
“The most important book that has been published on social violence in a good number of years. . . .a superb piece of work.”
--Lewis A. Coser in The New York Times Book Review
“Likely to last a long time.”
--James C. Davies in Orbis
“A rare, perhaps unique example of systematic empirical theory in political science...the book stands as an important contribution to social science theory in general and to the theory of violence in particular, as well as the single most complete and comprehensive statement on the topic in the literature.”
--Ivo K. Feierabend in the American Political Science Review