approaches to revolution today, including the work of Theda Skocpol (1979: xvi, 290 ) and Eric Selbin (2010) . What rapidly became apparent to me during the interview process was a sense of why scholars like Skocpol and Selbin would find Dunn a compelling
Processual and Programmatic Approaches to Revolution in the Epoch of Revolution Debate
An Interview with John Dunn
Benjamin Abrams and John Dunn
Almost anyone writing on the subject of revolution today will remember having read John Dunn’s Modern Revolutions (1972, 1989 ). The book, published before Dunn was appointed a lecturer at Cambridge, went on to meet with immense success, and
Revolution only occurs when people are willing to die for it. The last few days of May 2020 showed that thousands of people were willing to risk their lives in the struggle against the racist capitalist system. Rage at four hundred years of oppression, exploitation, and denigration, at the systemic murder of black, brown, and indigenous people, and at wanton, visible, and permissible police violence could no longer be contained. Between the virus and the economy, there was nothing left to lose.
A Response to John Dunn
It was a pleasure to read Benjamin Abrams’s interview with John Dunn in the winter 2017 issue of Contention . Dunn’s insight into modern revolutions is extremely valuable, but his determination to limit revolutions to a broadly socialist political
Semantic Investigations of a Counterconcept during the French Revolution
memoir for the Austrian court at the height of Jacobin terror in spring 1794. Montlosier’s mythological characterization of counterrevolution is both irritating and revealing in several respects. First, he attributed to the “other half of revolution” 2 a
Protest and Voting in East Germany’s Revolution, 1989-1990
the revolution, its most dramatic moments such as the fall of the Wall, and the subsequent malaise, disappointment and resentment that took hold in the new Bundesländer, the link between revolutionary protest and voting has not been investigated in
Reining in the Future in the Yemeni Youth Revolution
-taghayyir ), the setting for the scene just described, and the heart of the ‘Peaceful Popular Youth Revolution’ in Yemen, came into being all of a sudden in late January 2011. In almost one fell swoop, hundreds of thousands of people from across the nation – tents
Daniel P. Ritter
Responding to the debate that was carried on in recent issues of this journal, this article argues that the era of revolutions is not by any means over, but that an “evolution of revolution” has occurred over the past few decades that has fundamentally transformed what revolutions are. This development forces us to rethink how we approach revolutions as sociological phenomena. Instead of employing strict definitions that make sharp distinctions between revolutions and nonrevolutions, we are better served by more inclusive approaches to revolutionary change. The article outlines some of the ways in which revolutions have evolved and how we might go about understanding them.
Connective Agency and the Aesthetics of the Egyptian Revolution
in response precisely to the question of the radical possibilities that have been unleashed during and in the wake of the recent collective movements. They are not meant to pronounce on the consequences of the Egyptian revolution, nor do they seek to
More than a state ideology, the concept of 'Revolution' holds multiple meanings for Cubans. A historic moment, the government, the country, the people—Revolution is any one of these and all of them at once. How, then, do people experience a permanent Revolution in their daily lives? The interactions between biomedicine, alternative health practices, and the syncretic system of beliefs known as Santería have important implications for the socialist project of the Revolution. As a central concern of Revolution, health provides a particularly clear example of the interaction between revolutionary ideology and practice. This distinction elucidates the epistemological and experiential complexity of Revolution, providing the Cuban state with a powerful signifier that allows it to adapt to situations of crisis, continuously reinvent itself, and be in a permanent state of Revolution.