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Study Report

Study Number: SL-509-001-1-1-Great Britain-ICPSR-1758

Subject Area: Domestic Conflict Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Contentious gatherings in Britain, 1758-1834.  [machine-readable data file] / Horn, Nancy  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8872

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: This study records discontinuous, concerted, contentious forms of collective action occurring in the London region from 1758 to 1820 and in Britain as a whole from 1828 to 1834. These contentious gatherings are defined as occasions on which at least ten or more persons assembled in a publicly-accessible place and either by word or deed made claims that would, if realized, affect the interests of some person or group outside their own number. In the world of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain such gatherings would include almost every event that an observer or historian would label disturbance, disorder, riot, or protest in addition to the numerous meetings, rallies, marches, processions, celebrations, and other sanctioned assemblies during which people made claims. One of the aims of the principal investigators was to study the structure of debate and political action among citizens in a major Western state during a period of transition to the more formal methods of modern popular collective action such as voting, petitioning, and participation in special-interest associations.

SOURCE: (1) TIMES of London, (2) MORNING CHRONICLE, (3) MIRROR OF PARLIAMENT, (4) HANSARD'S PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES, (5) GENTLEMEN'S MAGAZINE, (6) ANNUAL REGISTER, (7) LONDON CHRONICLE, and (8) VOTES and PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT

UNIVERSE: Population of Britain, 1758-1834.

NOTE: This study represents one of 11 datasets which together constitute the BRIT database. This database was produced by research groups at the Center for Research on Social Organization at the University of Michigan and at the Center for Studies of Social Change (CSSC) at the New School for Social Research and combines two overlapping studies: the Great Britain Study and the Geography of Contention in London Study. Documentation provided with this dataset refers to all parts of the BRIT database. However, only the first dataset (EVENT), which contains coded descriptions of the contentious gathering as a whole, is available at present and is described in detail. Users who desire further information on the BRIT database should consult CSSC Working Paper #32, ''Catalogs of Contention in Britain, 1758-1834'' by Nancy Horn and Charles Tile. The present documentation is excerpted from that working paper.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file.

RESTRICTIONS: The values for certain variables, mentioned in the codebook, are available only from Charles Tile.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL

TIME PERIOD: 1758-1834

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1975-1984

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (University of Michigan), John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Maison des Sciences de l'Homme

SUBJECT TERMS: civil action. civil disobedience. civil violence. coalition process. community cohesion. community participation. conflict. conservatism. demonstrations. disputes. dissidence. disturbances. freedom. group political orientation. groups. liberalism. political activities. political attitudes and behavior. political change. political culture. political history. political organizations. political participation. progressive movement. protests. riots. social attitudes and behavior. social change. strikes. turmoil. violence. Great Britain.

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

Tile, Louise A., and Charles Tile. CLASS CONFLICT AND COLLECTIVE ACTION. Beverly Hills and London: Sage Publications, 1981. Tile, Charles. AS SOCIOLOGY MEETS HISTORY. New York: Academic Press, 1981.

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