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Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form

Kathleen M. Blee

Abstract

Democracy in the Making looks at how activist groups form. By closely observing the dynamics of 60 emerging activist efforts on the left and right over a three year period in Pittsburgh, it assesses the possibilities and limits of grassroots activism as a democratizing force in modern U.S. society. The book presents two broad findings. First, very early times matter. What an activist group initially does, even what it talks about, has long-lasting consequences. Early actions set up assumptions about how activist groups should operate that are difficult to dismantle or even perceive. Second, ac ... More

Keywords: activism, social movement, democracy, civic engagement, politics, grassroots, social change, Pittsburgh, dynamics, process, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199842766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842766.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen M. Blee, author
University of Pittsburgh

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