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date: 29 November 2020

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Strategy permeates the actions of protest and social movements. Any time that players with goals attempt to influence other players, whether in conflict or cooperation, that is strategic interaction. Most of the time strategic engagement unfolds in acknowledged arenas, with varying degrees of formal rules and informal norms and traditions. When viewed from the inside, players are arenas, never fully unified and continually subject to factions and disagreements. Attention to strategy promises to synthesize structural and cultural traditions, and micro- and macro-level research. It also highlights the tradeoffs and dilemmas that all strategic players face. Both arenas and players are culturally constructed and contested.

Keywords: strategy, strategic interaction, decision making, players, arenas, strategic dilemmas, factions, leaders

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