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Strikes as forest fires: Chicago and Paris in the late nineteenth century

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Historians have persistently likened strike waves to wildfiles, avalanches, and epidemics. These phenomena are characterized by a power-law distribution of event sizes. This kind of analysis is applied to outbreaks of class conflict in Chicago from 1881 to 1886. Events are defined as individual strikes or miniature strike waves; size is measured by the number of establishments or workers involved. In each case, events follow a power law spanning two or three orders of magnitude. A similar pat...

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10.1086/427675

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Institution:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department:
Department of Sociology
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
American Journal of Sociology Journal website
Volume:
110
Issue:
6
Pages:
1684-1714
Publication date:
2005-05-05
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0002-9602
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uuid:a0eb2e49-7117-47ca-8ee2-959826ebf99c
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ora:3034
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English
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