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Introductory Essay to Charles Tilly’s Writings on Methodology

Under the direction of Johann Peter Murmann

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The purpose of this website is to make Charles Tilly’s methodological writings more readily available. It features all of Tilly's writings over last four decades that are primarily concerned with methodology. Each article is accompanied by a short summary, and is classified into one or more categories (Social History, Methodology, and Ontology). Some articles are identified further with topical keyword(s). The articles are listed in reverse chronological order. To view a copy of the article click the Adobe PDF icon to the left of the article’s title.

History of and in Sociology

Historical Sociology

Three Visions of History and Theory

Historical Sociology

Philosophies of History and Social Science

Historical Sociology

Why and How History Matters

Social History, Political Contention

It Depends

The article introduces the main topics covered in Tilly’s edited volume (with R. Goodin), The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis. The primary objective of the volume is to demonstrate that acquiring systematic political knowledge requires analysts to get context “right”. The authors distinguish between three classes of contextual effects that impact the study of political processes: (1) the level of an analysts’ understanding of the political processes they are attempting to study, (2) the nature of evidence available for the empirical examination of specific political processes, and (3) the nature and context of the political processes themselves. Additionally, the authors review alternative approaches to political analysis, discuss the necessity of explanatory stories in political analysis, and detail the strategies used by current political science researchers to either control or correct for context.

Afterword: Political Ethnography as Art and Science

Political Contention

Repression, Mobilization, and Explanation

Social Mechanisms

Social Boundary Mechanisms

Political Contention

Lullabies, Chorales, and Hurdy-Gurdy Tune

Historical Sociology

Terror, Terrorism, Terrorists

Political Contention

Observations of Social Processes and their Formal Representations

Formal Methods

Rhetoric, Social History, and Contentious Politics: Reply to Critics

Political Contention, Social Mechanisms

Why Read the Classics?

Social Scientific Knowledge

Sociological Resources for the Study of International Relations

Event Catalogs as Theories

Formal Methods

Historical Analysis of Political Processes

Historical Sociology, Political Contention, Social Mechanisms

Historical Sociology

Historical Sociology

Mechanisms in Political Processes

Social Mechanisms

Iron City Blues

Social Mechanisms

Errors, Durable and Otherwise

Explanation

Jumbo Speaks

Historical Knowledge

The Trouble with Stories

Social Scientific Knowledge

A Grand Tour of Exotic Landes

Social History

Wise Quacks

Social Mechanisms

Micro, Macro, or Megrim?

Social Networks

Means and Ends of Comparison in Macrosociology

Invariant Modeling

James S. Coleman as a Guide to Social Research

What Good is Urban History?

Urban History

Macrosociology Past and Future

Invariant Modeling

To Explain Political Processes

Invariant Modeling, Political Contention, Social Mechanisms

History and Sociological Imagining

Invariant Modeling

Softcore Solipsism

Historical Knowledge

How (and What) Are Historians Doing?

Historical Method

History, Sociology and Dutch Collective Action

Historical Sociology

Misreading, Then Re-Reading, Nineteenth-Century Social Change

European History

Future History

Historical Sociology

Formalization and Quantification in Historical Analysis

Formal Methods, Labor History

GBS + GCL = ?

Political Contention

The Analysis of Popular Collective Action

Political Contention

Linkers, Diggers, and Glossers in Social History

The Tyranny of Here and Now

Historical Sociology

Retrieving European Lives

European History, Formal Methods

Neat Analyses of Untidy Processes

Labor History, Formal Methods

The Old New Social History and the New Old Social History

Formal Methods

A British View of American Strikes

Political Contention

Two Callings of Social History

Historical Method

Historical Sociology

Historical Sociology

Anthropology, History, and the Annales

Anthropology

Computers in Historical Research

Formal Methods

Quantification in History, as Seen from France

Formal Methods

Methods for the Study of Collective Violence

Political Contention

Anthropology on the Town

Anthropology

In Defence of Jargon

Sociology