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Challenging authority : how ordinary people change America

Author: Frances Fox Piven
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. : Distributed by National Book Network, [2006]
Series: Polemics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView 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 exrtodinary political courage and power in American politics when, frustrated by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Fox Piven
ISBN: 9780742515352 0742515354 9780742563162 0742563162
OCLC Number: 67392647
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 --
Movements and reform in the American twentieth century --
The times-in-between.
Series Title: Polemics.
Responsibility: Frances Fox Piven.
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Argues that ordinary people exercise real power in American politics mainly at those extraordinary moments when they rise up in anger and hope, defy the rules that ordinarily govern their daily  Read more...

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