The Activist's Handbook: A Primer / Edition 1

The Activist's Handbook: A Primer / Edition 1

by Randy Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520229282

ISBN-13: 9780520229280

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: University of California Press


The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to making social change happen. Shaw, a longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished— despite an increasingly grim political order—if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer. In a new preface, Shaw describes how the power…  See more details below

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The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to making social change happen. Shaw, a longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished— despite an increasingly grim political order—if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer. In a new preface, Shaw describes how the power of grassroots activism has won newfound respect. Mass protests against globalization and in favor of stricter gun controls have led once-invulnerable targets like the World Bank and the National Rifle Association to take citizen action more seriously.

Inspiring "fear and loathing" in politicians, building diverse coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. Central to all social-change activism, Shaw shows, is being proactive: rather than simply reacting to right-wing proposals, activists must develop an agenda and focus their resources on achieving it.

The Activist's Handbook details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country: battles over homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation, and school reform among others. Though activist groups can have widely different aims, similar tactics are shown to produce success.

Further, the book offers a sophisticated analysis of the American power structure by someone on the front lines. In showing how people can and must make a difference at both local and national levels, this is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for everyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520229280
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
First Edition, Updated Edition with a New Preface
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Don't Respond, Strategize
2. Elected Officials: Inspiring Fear and Loathing
3. Coalition Activism: Rounding Up the Unusual Suspects
4. Ballot Initiatives: The Rules of the Game
5. The Media: winning More Than Coverage
6. Lawyers: Allies or Obstacles to Social Change?
7. Direct Action: ACTing UP and Sitting In
8. Getting Started: Agenda Setting and Action Plans
9. Conclusion: Activism for the Twenty-First Century

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