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The rural warCaptain Swing and the politics of protest$
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Carl J. Griffin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086267

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086267.001.0001

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Movement mechanisms

Movement mechanisms

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The rural war

Carl J. Griffin

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the mechanisms of diffusion, the organisational structures and solidarities of Swing groups, the patterning of protesting, the role of agents provocateurs and the relation between the different protest practices deployed in late 1830, analysing the connection between collective protests and incendiarism. It shows that arson was an integral tool which helped to reinforce ‘open’ protests. The chapter also explores the mechanisms of diffusion, specifically the importance of mobile gangs and groupings in physically spreading protest, and the role of communication and news.

Keywords:   rural protests, diffusion mechanisms, Swing groups, protest patterns, arson, incendiarism, mobile gangs

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