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Challenging authority : how ordinary people change America

Author: Frances Fox Piven
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield : Distributed by National Book Network, ©2008.
Series: Polemics (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"What do the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, the labor movement, and the Vietnam antiwar movement have in common? These are examples of the profound moments in American history when ordinary Americans collectively and persuasively told the government ENOUGH! Challenging Authority argues that ordinary people exercise extraordinary political courage and power in American politics when, frustrated by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Fox Piven
ISBN: 9780742563162 0742563162
OCLC Number: 506346977
Description: vii, 195 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The nature of disruptive power --
The mob and the state : disruptive power and the construction of American electoral-representative arrangements --
Dissensus politics, or the interaction of disruptive challenges with electoral politics : the case of the abolitionist movement --
Movements and reform in the American twentieth century --
The times-in-between.
Series Title: Polemics (Rowman and Littlefield, Inc.)
Responsibility: Frances Fox Piven.

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"What do the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, the labor movement, and the Vietnam antiwar movement have in common? These are examples of the profound moments in American history when ordinary Americans collectively and persuasively told the government ENOUGH! Challenging Authority argues that ordinary people exercise extraordinary political courage and power in American politics when, frustrated by politics as usual, they rise up in anger and hope, and defy the authorities and the status quo rules that ordinarily govern their daily lives. By doing so, they disrupt the workings of important institutions and become a force in American politics."--Jacket.

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