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Freedom is an endless meeting : democracy in American social movements

Author: Francesca Polletta
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
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Freedom Is an Endless Meeting offers vivid portraits of American experiments in participatory democracy throughout the twentieth century. Drawing on meticulous research and more than one hundred interviews with activists, Francesca Polletta challenges the conventional wisdom that participatory democracy is worthy in purpose but unworkable in practice. Instead, she shows that social movements have often used  Read more...
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Polletta, Francesca.
Freedom is an endless meeting.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002
(DLC) 2002020615
(OCoLC)48943800
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca Polletta
ISBN: 9780226924281 0226924289
OCLC Number: 823505321
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 283 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Strategy and democracy --
Army, town meeting, or church in the Catacombs? --
The organization of American protest, 1900-1960 --
A band of brothers standing in a circle of trust: Southern civil rights organizing, 1961-64 --
Letting which people decide what? SNCC's crisis of democracy, 1964-65 --
Participatory democracy in the New Left, 1960-67 --
Friendship and equality in the women's liberation movement, 1967-77 --
Democracy in relationship: Community organizing and direct action today --
Rules, rituals, and relationships.
Responsibility: Francesca Polletta.
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Freedom Is an Endless Meeting offers vivid portraits of American experiments in participatory democracy throughout the twentieth century. Drawing on meticulous research and more than one hundred interviews with activists, Francesca Polletta challenges the conventional wisdom that participatory democracy is worthy in purpose but unworkable in practice. Instead, she shows that social movements have often used bottom-up decision making as a powerful tool for political change. Polletta traces the history of democracy in early labor struggles and pre-World War II pacifism, in the.

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