The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Movement Mobilization Works / Edition 2

The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Movement Mobilization Works / Edition 2

by Ziad W. Munson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226551202

ISBN-13: 9780226551203

Pub. Date: 02/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

How do people become activists for causes they care deeply about? Many people with similar backgrounds, for instance, fervently believe that abortion should be illegal, but only some of them join the pro-life movement. By delving into the lives and beliefs of activists and nonactivists alike, Ziad W. Munson is able to lucidly examine the differences between them.

Overview

How do people become activists for causes they care deeply about? Many people with similar backgrounds, for instance, fervently believe that abortion should be illegal, but only some of them join the pro-life movement. By delving into the lives and beliefs of activists and nonactivists alike, Ziad W. Munson is able to lucidly examine the differences between them. Through extensive interviews and detailed studies of pro-life organizations across the nation, Munson makes the startling discovery that many activists join up before they develop strong beliefs about abortion - in fact, some are even pro-choice prior to their mobilization. Therefore, Munson concludes, commitment to an issue is often a consequence rather than a cause of activism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226551203
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Series:
Morality and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Explaining Mobilization in the American Pro-life Movement 1

2 Learning to Care 18

3 The Mobilization Process 46

4 The Birth of a Movement 76

5 Together but Not One: The Pro-life Movement Structure 96

6 "United We Stand"? Tension in the Pro-life Moral Universe 132

7 "My Life Is My Argument": Religion and the Movement 155

8 Becoming an Activist: Ideas and Social Movements 185

Appendix Study Methodology 197

Notes 205

References 215

Index 227

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