Annotated Links to Charles Tilly Resources

Last updated 04/28/12

This site provides annotated links to web resources about the life and work of Charles Tilly (May 27, 1929–April 29, 2008). It serves as a gateway to open access content, linking to external sites or hosting uploaded documents. Within the featured categories, the site also links to selected content with restricted access. Comments and suggestions are welcome at tillyfund@ssrc.org

Table of Contents

Biography

Bibliography

SSRC Projects

Newspaper Obituaries and Official Statements

Obituaries and Tributes in Academic Journals

Review Essays of Charles Tilly’s Work

Conferences, Edited Volumes and Special Issues about Charles Tilly’s Work

Biography

Bibliography

List of Representative Publications

Writings Available Online (Free Access)

Popular Writings

Posthumous Publications

Reflections on Current Affairs

How to Do Research

DOC Tradition (Dynamics of Contention): Collaborative Publications
  • “To Map Contentious Politics” (1996), by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly, in: Mobilization 1:17–34. Free CIAO access to the 1995 working paper version via Google’s cache (search for paper title in Google and click in the search result on “Cached” and then on “Text-only version”).
  • “Toward an Integrated Perspective on Social Movements and Revolution” (1997), by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly (access via Google books), in Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (Cambridge).
  • “Europeanists Abroad” (2001), by Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly.
  • Dynamics of Contention (Cambridge 2001), by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly (partial access via Google books).
  • Companion volume to Dynamics of Contention: Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics (Cambridge 2001), by Ronald R. Aminzade, Jack A. Goldstone, Doug McAdam, Elizabeth J. Perry, William H. Sewell Jr., Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly (partial access via Google books).
  • Cambridge Studies of Contentious Politics series (since 2001), edited by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, Charles Tilly, et al.
  • Contentious Politics (Paradigm 2006), by Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly.
  • List of fundamental assumptions of the DOC tradition, preface (pp. viii-ix) to Charles Tilly’s Regimes and Repertoires (Chicago University Press 2006).
  • “Contentious Politics and Social Movements” (2007), by Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly, in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics (Oxford).
  • “Comparative Perspectives on Contentious Politics,” forthcoming 2008 (pre-publication pdf), by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly, in Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure, 2nd edition (Cambridge).
  • “Methods for Measuring Mechanisms of Contention” (2008), by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly, in Qualitative Sociology, 31:307-331.
  • “Progressive Polemics: Reflections on Four Stimulating Commentaries” (2008), by Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly, in Qualitative Sociology, 31:361-367.

SSRC Projects

  • Speaker and participant in the Robert K. Merton Conference at Columbia University, 9-10 August 2007, hosted by the SSRC, presenting the paper “Mechanisms of the Middle Range” (PDF: 332KB, 11 pages).
  • “Predictions,” a series of three e-mails written between September 12 and 17, 2001, published in the “New War” section of the SSRC online essay forum After September 11.
  • Member of the Committee on States and Social Structures (1985-90). Tilly contributed the chapter “War Making and State Making as Organized Crime” to Bringing the State Back In (1985), the well-received collection that originated in the SSRC conference on “Research Implications of Current Theories of the State,” held in Mt. Kisco in 1982, and subsequently became the project of the SSRC’s Committee on States and Social Structures. (Tilly, along with the book’s three editors, Peter Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Theda Skocpol, was among the scholars who proposed the creation of this committee to the SSRC, in 1983.)
  • Chair of the Committee on Mathematics in the Social Sciences (1978-79).
  • Recruiting and leading a group of historians, working for the SSRC’s Committee on Comparative Politics, for an historical assessment of political development theories (see Tilly’s own recollection of the emergence of this project in a 1998 journal interview and in a 2007 video interview). Tilly’s group worked for about four years, gathering for the summer of 1970 at the CASBS in Stanford, reconvening in Bellagio, Italy in 1971 and co-producing the path-breaking The Formation of National States in Western Europe, edited by Charles Tilly (Princeton University Press, 1975). Notably, Tilly revisits that work for the SSRC in his chapter, “Why and How History Matters” (PDF:155KB, 28 pages) in the Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis (2006).
  • Co-chair of the History Panel of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Survey Committee, under the auspices of the SSRC’s Committee on Problems and Policy and of the NAS’s Committee on Science and Public Policy, resulting in the report History as Social Science (Prentice-Hall 1971), co-edited with David S. Landes; member of the central planning committee, resulting in the report The Behavioral and Social Sciences. Outlook and Needs (1969).
  • Mentor to recipients of a SSRC research training fellowship to encourage interdisciplinary training. See also Joan Scott’s essay tribute
  • Recipient of a SSRC Dissertation Fellowship for his archival research in France in 1955-56 which led to his first book The Vendée (Harvard, 1964).
  • See also Craig Calhoun’s essay tribute

Newspaper Obituaries and Official Statements

Obituaries and Tributes in Academic Journals

Review Essays of Charles Tilly’s Work

Conferences, Edited Volumes and Special Issues about Charles Tilly’s Work


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