Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement: Privileged Morality, Race Realities

Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement: Privileged Morality, Race Realities

by Sandra Joy
     
 

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Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement uses the concepts of the political process model of social movements to analyze the factors that shape the racial face of the anti-death penalty movement. Contests are found to emerge over mobilizing and framing strategies as activists react to the political opportunity structure in a manner that privileges

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Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement uses the concepts of the political process model of social movements to analyze the factors that shape the racial face of the anti-death penalty movement. Contests are found to emerge over mobilizing and framing strategies as activists react to the political opportunity structure in a manner that privileges moral arguments above the racial ones that would allow them to build a more racially diverse constituency.

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Howard Winant
The death penalty is a scandal in itself, as the dedicated members of the movement to abolish it know so well. The racism of the death penalty is a scandal WITHIN that scandal, as Sandra Jones demonstrates with fierce dedication and honesty in this book. The product of years of intensive research, a thorough grasp of the social science literature, a deeply felt activism and sense of social justice, and an inspiring sense of humanity, Jones's study both moves us deeply and enlightens us profoundly. This book will serve as the action manual for the anti-death penalty movement as it advances toward its long-delayed goal of abolition. Highly recommended for those who seek justice and mercy, for those who oppose racism, and for those who want to teach or learn about social movements in the contemporary United States.
Herbert Haines
This book is no exercise in sterile, disinterested research. Jones’ investigation of one of the persistent difficulties faced by the movement to abolish America’s death penalty—the failure to mobilize the African American and Latino communities effectively—is driven by her passionate opposition to both capital punishment and racial injustice. As is always true of the best politically engaged scholarship, her conclusions have immediate value to those struggling in the trenches. Indeed, their value grows as capital punishment’s grip on public opinion wanes.
Margaret Vandiver
Jones has courageously taken one of the most—perhaps the most—painful internal problems of the movement and has calmly and meticulously examined it from the perspective of black and white participants. Bringing this issue out of private discussion and into the light of scholarly examination should make it possible for participants in the movement to evaluate and cope with this painful and destructive divide.

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ISBN-13:
9780739120385
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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