Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life in America by Melissa Checker

Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life in America

byMelissa Checker, Maggie Fishman

Kobo ebook | January 22, 2005

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Activism is alive and well in the United States, according to Melissa Checker and Maggie Fishman. It exists on large and small scales and thrives in unexpected places. Finding activism in backyards, art classes, and urban areas branded as "ghettos," th

Melissa Checker is assistant professor of applied anthropology at the University of Memphis. Her research on environmental justice activism is the subject of an upcoming ethnography and several articles. She has been involved as an activist in the environmental justice movement. In her own discipline she endeavors to bring anthropolog...
Title:Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life in AmericaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 22, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231502427

ISBN - 13:9780231502429

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Faye Ginsburg
Introduction, by Melissa Checker and Maggie Fishman
Treading Murky Waters: Day-To-Day Dilemmas in the Construction of a Pluralistic U.S. Environmental Movement, by Melissa Checker
Creating Art, Creating Citizens: Arts Education as Cultural Activism, by Maggie Fishman
Creating a Political Space for American Indian Economic Development: Indian Gaming and American Indian Activism, by Kate Spilde
"The Calculus of Pain": Violence, Anthropological Ethics, and the Category Transgender, by David Valentine
We Shall Overcome? Changing Politics and Changing Sexuality in the Ex-Gay Movement, by Tanya Erzen
Sins of Our Soccer Moms: Servant Evangelism and the Spiritual Injuries of Class, by Omri Elisha
Food Fights: Contesting "Cultural Diversity" in Crown Heights, by Henry Goldschmidt
FOBby or Tight? "Multicultural Day" and Other Struggles in Two Silicon Valley High Schools, by Shalini Shankar
Gathering "Roots" and Making History in the Korean Adoptee Community, by Eleana Kim
Activism and Exile: Palestinianness and the Politics of Solidarity, by Rabab Abdulhadi

Editorial Reviews

Local Actions is a welcome volume that represents a (still) rare instance of anthropologists engaging in the study of political processes in western society; it provides us with detail-rich and nuanced understandings of politics as it takes place in practice, and in everyday settings.