Politics of Protest

Paperback | March 5, 2014

byDavid Meyer

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The Politics of Protest offers both a historical overview and an analytical framework for understanding social movements and political protest in American politics. Meyer shows that protest movements, an integral part of our nation's history from the Boston Tea Party to the Civil RightsMovement, are hardly confined to the distant past. He argues that protest movements in America reflect and influence mainstream politics and that in order to understand our political system - and our social and political world - we need to pay attention to protest.The Politics of Protest opens with a short history of social movements in the United States, beginning with the development of the American Republic and outlining how the American constitutional design invites protest movements to offer continual challenges. It then discusses the social impulse toprotest, considers the strategies and tactics of social movements, looks at the institutional response to protest, and finally examines the policy ramifications. Each chapter includes a brief narrative of a key movement that illustrates the topic covered in that chapter.

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The Politics of Protest offers both a historical overview and an analytical framework for understanding social movements and political protest in American politics. Meyer shows that protest movements, an integral part of our nation's history from the Boston Tea Party to the Civil RightsMovement, are hardly confined to the distant past....

David S. Meyer is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199937133

ISBN - 13:9780199937134

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PrefaceIntroduction1. America and Political Protest: Political Institutions and Dissent2. Why Protest? The Origins of Movements, Opportunities, and Organizations3. Becoming an Activist4. Individuals, Movements, Organizations, and Coalitions5. The Strategy and Tactics of Social Protest6. Protest and Communication: New and Old Media7. Civil Disobedience8. The State and Protests: Institutionalization9. When Everyone Protests10. The Policy Connection: How Movements Matter11. Protest and American Politics: What's Next?ReferencesIndex