Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

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The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice presents a comprehensive overview of the field with topics of varying dimensions, breadth, and length. This three-volume Encyclopedia is designed for readers to understand the topics, concepts, and ideasthat motivate and shape the fields of activism, civil engagement, and social justice and includes biographies of the major thinkers and leaders who have influenced and continue to influence the study of activism.

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Editorial Reviews

James Langan
"Useful for anyone researching social justice groups or social activists."
Library Journal

Though this work edited by Anderson (administration, leadership & technology, Steinhardt Sch. of Education, NYU) and Herr (Coll. of Education & Human Services, Montclair State Univ.) and written primarily by academic specialists emphasizes activism, social justice, and movements in the United States, it is international in its scope. More than 850 A-to-Z entries cover important people, organizations, and social events that have influenced social norms. The biographical entries average half a page to two pages, while the subject entries may be as long as six pages (e.g., Brownv. Board of Education). Each volume contains a reader's guide for related articles in the series. Some of the movements discussed are better known than others (e.g., the Antigonish movement). Further reading suggestions and a See alsosection end each entry, offering readers additional information. There were some minor errors in the review copy, e.g., the entry on the American Revolution placed the skirmishes of Lexington and Concord in May instead of April. And while the entries are informative, they are not always objective. For example, the essay on Fidel Castro stresses the benefits he has brought to Cuba and downplays the negative side of his policies.
—James Langan

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-This set provides an overview of groups, individuals, and concepts associated with social activism around the world. It includes an impressive array of entries that run the gamut from the Anti-Wal-Mart Movement and the NRA to Ecofeminism and Ossie Davis, covering figures and topics that are frequently absent in extant reference works. The set's inclusions and omissions will undoubtedly stir up healthy debate, unavoidable in any reference work addressing a topic of such breadth. The editors' self-stated parameters for inclusion hinge on whether the movement or person articulates an end-goal of social justice. For example, the Ku Klux Klan is excluded while Hezbollah appears. Entries, arranged alphabetically and written in clear and concise language, are followed by cross-references as well as a list of further readings, rendering each an accessible research portal. Though organized in a different manner, this set complements Immanuel Ness's Encyclopedia of American Social Movements(Sharpe Reference, 2004) by expanding the scope to the world stage. Social Justicewill prove extremely useful for civics and global-issues researchers.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412918121
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/13/2007
  • Series: A Sage Reference Publication Series
  • Pages: 1832
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 5.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary L. Anderson is a professor in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. He is a former teacher and high school principal. He has written numerous articles on action research with co-author Kathryn Herr as well as articles and books on educational policy and leadership. He is the author of Advocacy Leadership: Toward a Post-reform Agenda (Routledge).

Kathryn G. Herr is a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She is co-author of the book Studying Your Own School: An Educator’s Guide to Qualitative Practitioner Research (Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 1994). She is also Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Youth and Society. Her professional background is in Social Work and Education.

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Table of Contents

Dorfman, Ariel - Brook Willensky-Lanford
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Habitat for Humanity - Brook Willensky-Lanford

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