Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America / Edition 1

Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America / Edition 1

by Frances Fax Piven
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742515354

ISBN-13: 9780742515352

Pub. Date: 11/25/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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Overview

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. Drawing on critical episodes in American history, Frances Fox Piven shows that it is precisely at those seismic moments when people act outside of self-restricting political norms that they become empowered to their full democratic potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742515352
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/25/2006
Series:
Polemics Series
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,013,607
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1 Challenging Authority Chapter 2 2 The Nature of Disruptive Power Chapter 3 3 The Mob and the State: Disruptive Power and the Construction of American Electoral-Representative Arrangements Chapter 4 4 Dissensus Politics, or the Interaction of Disruptive Challenges with Electoral Politics: The Case of the Abolitionist Movement Chapter 5 5 Movements and Reform in the American Twentieth Century Chapter 6 6. The Times-In-Between Chapter 7 Epilogue

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