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    “Power in Movement”: A Review of the Book by Sidney Tarrow

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    A 3 page overview of the premises presented in Chapter 5 of this book on the power of social movements. The author of this paper condenses Tarrow’s points that the underlying social structure of specific countries couple with the mobilization potential to translate into a transformation of society. No additional sources are listed.

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    many forms. In Chapter 5 of Sidney Tarrows book "Power in Movement" the point is made that the social upheaval which occurred in western Europe and the United States  in the 1960s presented many opportunities for political maneuvers. The underlying social structure of these regions, coupled with the mobilization potential, translated into a transformation of the respective societies  (Tarrow). There were, however, certain differences in the working class mobilization of the various Western countries of concern which are worthy of note. There were also certain commonalties.  Just as interesting are the more recent changes which have occurred in the previous Soviet Union. Each of these examples illustrate the fact that social upheaval is directly  related to political structure. The tendency of blue collar workers in the West to participate in labor strikes was higher when economic times  were at a high rather than when they were immersed in depressions (Tarrow). The reason behind this commonality is quite simplistic. During times of economic highs labor is  at a premium while during more trying times the situation is reversed and there is more labor than jobs. To abandon your job when there were hundreds, indeed thousands,  of other able-bodied laborers just clamoring to step in and take your place would be ludicrous. On the other hand, if employers were having a difficult time keeping enough  laborers the power of negotiation fell to the employee rather than to the employer. In effect the situation which emerged in most of these countries was an economic factor  of supply and demand. Despite the observation presented above, there were observable differences to the degree to which laborers in the United States 

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