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A Fifth Generation of Revolutionary Theory is Yet to Come

Abrams, B; (2019) A Fifth Generation of Revolutionary Theory is Yet to Come. Journal of Historical Sociology , 32 (3) pp. 378-386. 10.1111/johs.12248. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite revolution's recent return to the world stage, the progress of revolutionary theory has markedly stalled. While some have argued that recent work on the 2011 Arab Spring constitutes a new, misguided ‘fifth generation’ of theory, I show this claim to be misplaced, demonstrating the remarkable continuity between foundational fourth‐generation scholarship and present‐day analyses. Furthermore, I critically analyse the theoretical, methodological and professional obstacles which fourth‐generation theory has encountered, concluding that scholars must move beyond the fourth generation if we are to surmount them. Finally, I consider the theoretical, methodological and ethical prospects of a true fifth generation of revolutionary theory.

Type: Article
Title: A Fifth Generation of Revolutionary Theory is Yet to Come
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/johs.12248
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/johs.12248
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086257
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