Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America

Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America

by Jeffrey Stout
     
 

ISBN-10: 069113586X

ISBN-13: 9780691135861

Pub. Date: 10/31/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of others are not ready to give up on democracy just yet. Working outside the notice of the national media, ordinary…  See more details below

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In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of others are not ready to give up on democracy just yet. Working outside the notice of the national media, ordinary citizens across the nation are meeting in living rooms, church basements, synagogues, and schools to identify shared concerns, select and cultivate leaders, and take action. Their goal is to hold big government and big business accountable. In this important new book, Jeffrey Stout bears witness to the successes and failures of progressive grassroots organizing, and the daunting forces now arrayed against it. Stout tells vivid stories of people fighting entrenched economic and political interests around the country. From parents and teachers striving to overcome gang violence in South Central Los Angeles, to a Latino priest north of the Rio Grande who brings his parish into a citizens' organization, to the New Orleans residents who get out the vote by taking a jazz band through streets devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Stout describes how these ordinary people conceive of citizenship, how they acquire and exercise power, and how religious ideas and institutions contribute to their successes. The most important book on organizing and grassroots democracy in a generation, Blessed Are the Organized is a passionate and hopeful account of how our endangered democratic principles can be put into action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691135861
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Maps xi
Preface xiii
Chapter One: The Responsibilities of a Citizen 1
Chapter Two: A Power Analysis 21
Chapter Three: Organizing for the Common Good 34
Chapter Four: Rites of Solidarity, Commitment, and Mourning 45
Chapter Five: Domination, Anger, and Grief 53
Chapter Six: Public Address 70
Chapter Seven: Ain't It Awful? 85
Chapter Eight: The Authority to Lead 93
Chapter Nine: On the Treatment of Opponents 114
Chapter Ten: Organize, Reflect, and Reorganize 125
Chapter Eleven: The Compelling Force of the Ideal 134
Chapter Twelve: Face-to-Face Meetings 148
Chapter Thirteen: The Passion of St. Rose 165
Chapter Fourteen: Blood and Harmony 181
Chapter Fifteen: Fathers and Sisters for Life 186
Chapter Sixteen: Pastors and Flocks 196
Chapter Seventeen: The Contested Sacred 210
Chapter Eighteen: Across Great Scars of Wrong 235
Chapter Nineteen: The Organizer President 260
Chapter Twenty: Walking in Our Sleep 278
Acknowledgments 291
Notes 295
Index 329

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