We Need Diverse Ya Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Lists | June 22, 2015

    Stephen Jarvis: IMG Robert Seymour — 13 Pictures



    1. Self-Portrait. My new novel, Death and Mr. Pickwick, tells the story of the origins of Charles Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Its... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Death and Mr. Pickwick

      Stephen Jarvis 9780374139667

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$12.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside American Studies- Activism

Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s & Beyond

by

Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s & Beyond Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Anybody researching or writing anything about contemporary U.S. political life should be familiar with The Activist's Handbook. Anybody attempting to influence local, state, or national political decisions needs it desperately. Politicians may read it and tremble a bit. For that matter, the rich and powerful will probably read it to see how smart some of their enemies are becoming."—Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia

"Provides rare insight into the strategies and tactics environmentalists must use if they are to succeed in today's political climate. A must read."—Barbara Dudley, Executive Director, Greenpeace

"This is a unique book, wise, realistic, and enormously valuable for anyone interested in social change. It is practical in its advice, and inspiring in its stories of ordinary people successfully confronting powerful interests."—Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United St ates

"The Activist's Handbook could not have come at a more opportune time. In an era when poverty is growing and national social programs are threatened, the Handbook is an invaluable tool for community groups wishing to mobilize efforts in the service of escalating human needs."—Ben Bagdikian, author of The Media Monopoly and Double Vision

"Randy Shaw gives us a serious and respectful treatment of the strategic problems and opportunities that confront grassroots activists. This is a dimension of contemporary politics that is rarely treated, and welcome for that reason. Moreover, in developing his analysis, Shaw draws on numerous cases of local struggles to remind us of what the media has come to ignore, the persistent and insuppressible popular activism that is part of American political life."—Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York

Book News Annotation:

A history of Native American peoples told "facing east" through the various tribes' perceptions, and based on personal and public accounts, and oral histories. The volume is most suited to younger students as a survey of native tribes, their traditional life, and the impacts on tribal life of the first contacts with Spanish adventurers through the Western migrations of the 19th century. The text is generously illustrated with photographs, drawings, maps, and rare archival images.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to winning social change in the 1990s. Randy Shaw, attorney and longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished despite an increasingly grim political order, if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer.

Inspiring fear and loathing in politicians, building diverse coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. Central to all social-change activism, Shaw shows, is being proactive: rather than simply reacting to right-wing proposals, activists must develop an agenda and focus their resources on achieving it.

The Activist's Handbook details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country: battles over homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation, and school reform among others. Though activist groups can have widely different aims, similar tactics are shown to produce success.

Further, the book offers a sophisticated analysis of the American power structure by someone on the front lines. In showing how people can and must make a difference at both local and national levels, this is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for everyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America.

Synopsis:

The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to winning social change in the 1990s. Randy Shaw, attorney and longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished despite an increasingly grim political order, if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer.

Inspiring "fear and loathing" in politicians, building diverse coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. Central to all social-change activism, Shaw shows, is being proactive: rather than simply reacting to right-wing proposals, activists must develop an agenda and focus their resources on achieving it.

The Activist's Handbook details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country: battles over homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation, and school reform among others. Though activist groups can have widely different aims, similar tactics are shown to produce success.

Further, the book offers a sophisticated analysis of the American power structure by someone on the front lines. In showing how people can and must make a difference at both local and national levels, this is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for everyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-292) and index.

About the Author

Randy Shaw is Director of Housing America and author of Reclaiming America (California, 1999).

Table of Contents

Acknolwedgments

Introduction

1. Don't Respond, Strategize

2. Elected Officials: Inspiring Fear and Loathing

3. Coalition Activism: Rounding Up the Unusual Suspects

4. Ballot Initiatives: The Rules of the Game

5. The Media: Winning More Than Coverage

6. Lawyers: Allies or Obstacles to Social Change?

7. Direct Action: ACTing UP and Sitting In

8. Getting Started: Agenda Setting and Action Plans

9. Conclusion: Activism for the Twenty-First Century

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520203174
Subtitle:
A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond
Author:
Shaw, Randy
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Community organization
Subject:
Political participation
Subject:
Social action
Subject:
Political activists
Subject:
Social reformers
Subject:
Social reformers -- United States.
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
1375
Publication Date:
19960601
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 16 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Ruffians :a novel Used Hardcover $0.50
  2. Swimmer in the Secret Sea Used Trade Paper $4.95
  3. Four Centuries of Opera: Manuscripts... Used Trade Paper $1.95
  4. A Series of Unfortunate Events #03:... Used Hardcover $2.50
  5. Heartland Used Hardcover $4.50
  6. Organizing: A Guide for Grassroots... Used Trade Paper $6.50

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » Activism and Peace Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s & Beyond Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$12.50 In Stock
Product details 326 pages University of California Press - English 9780520203174 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to winning social change in the 1990s. Randy Shaw, attorney and longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished despite an increasingly grim political order, if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer.

Inspiring fear and loathing in politicians, building diverse coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. Central to all social-change activism, Shaw shows, is being proactive: rather than simply reacting to right-wing proposals, activists must develop an agenda and focus their resources on achieving it.

The Activist's Handbook details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country: battles over homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation, and school reform among others. Though activist groups can have widely different aims, similar tactics are shown to produce success.

Further, the book offers a sophisticated analysis of the American power structure by someone on the front lines. In showing how people can and must make a difference at both local and national levels, this is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for everyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America.

"Synopsis" by ,
The Activist's Handbook is a hard-hitting guide to winning social change in the 1990s. Randy Shaw, attorney and longtime activist for urban issues, shows how positive change can still be accomplished despite an increasingly grim political order, if activists employ the strategies set forth in this desperately needed primer.

Inspiring "fear and loathing" in politicians, building diverse coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. Central to all social-change activism, Shaw shows, is being proactive: rather than simply reacting to right-wing proposals, activists must develop an agenda and focus their resources on achieving it.

The Activist's Handbook details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country: battles over homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation, and school reform among others. Though activist groups can have widely different aims, similar tactics are shown to produce success.

Further, the book offers a sophisticated analysis of the American power structure by someone on the front lines. In showing how people can and must make a difference at both local and national levels, this is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for everyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.