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Democracy in the MakingHow Activist Groups Form$
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Kathleen M. Blee

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199842766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842766.001.0001

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(p.134) Chapter 6 Lessons
Democracy in the Making

Kathleen M. Blee

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws lessons for scholars and activists. It elaborates the otherwise-obscure democratic impulses that are made visible by looking closely at emerging grassroots activism, such as the extent to which members broadly engage in theorizing about social change and political action. This chapter also confronts more distressing ways in which grassroots groups, even those with admirable goals, can diminish imagination, incubate tensions, and deepen social hierarchies. It concludes with recommendations for bolstering the democratic potential of grassroots activism

Keywords:   lessons, theorizing, imagination, democracy, tension, activism, social movements

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