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The ResistanceThe Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement$
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David S. Meyer and Sidney Tarrow

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190886172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190886172.001.0001

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Rhythms of Resistance

Rhythms of Resistance

The Anti-Trumpian Moment in a Cycle of Contention

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The Resistance

Sidney Tarrow

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In the current alignment in American politics, polarization sharply divides Americans. But party loyalties are permeable to change; movement loyalties, in contrast, are impervious to political currents. This chapter regards Trumpism as such a movement, and the Resistance as the countermovement it has triggered. This gives the Resistance both the advantage of having Trump as a focal point but the cost of his unpredictability and volatility. The chapter employs the concept of “cycles of contention” to understand this conjuncture. Its outcomes depend less on the initial shock than on three important mechanisms that it has triggered—the amplification of initial cleavages, the spillover from one sector of conflict to others, and a shift in scale both upward to the national level and downward to states and localities. These mechanisms have expanded the cycle but have also created rifts in the Resistance.

Keywords:   amplification, cycle of contention, movement–countermovement interaction, partisanship, scale shift, spillover

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