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The Civil Sphere$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.001.0001

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Race and Civil Repair (2)

Race and Civil Repair (2)

The Civil Rights Movement and Communicative Solidarity

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(p.293) Chapter 12 Race and Civil Repair (2)
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The Civil Sphere
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0028

This chapter focuses on the white journalists who worked for progressive newspapers and magazines. From the beginning, there was a symbiotic interaction between the social dramas staged by civil rights leaders and the “point men” of the communicative institutions who defined their jobs as interpreting such dramas to the civil sphere. That neither could exist without the other was a recognition, at once simple and profound, a recognition that became increasingly conscious and consequential as the black movement grew in influence and civil force.

Keywords:   Civil Rights movement, white journalists, social dramas, civil sphere

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