3rd out of 100 books — 2 voters
The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America
Protest is everywhere in American politics. Over the past decade, activists have staged dramatic demonstrations on such diverse issues as the war in Iraq, globalization, standardized testing, and abortion rights. Indeed, protest and social movements have become essential features of contemporary American life. The Politics of Protest offers both a historical overview and a...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published March 9th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Meyer gives a a good over of some of the common concerns and tactics used in social movements. As such it is less a history of social movements as it is a discussion of the various approaches of social movements through US history. One underlying theme is that the Constitution was designed to create conflict and to allow for protest when needed. As such one gets the sense that the US has created a special environments where social movements and social protest are allowed, but the mechanics of br...more
This book has a lot of great information, but it is dry and so painful to read. I had to read it for my Animal Protection as a Social Movement class and while it set the stage for understanding social movements in America, it really could've been written more interestingly.