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Cultural Dilemmas of Progressive Politics: Styles of Engagement Among Grassroots Activists (Morality and Society)by Stephen Hart
Synopses & Reviews
Why have conservatives fared better than progressives in recent decades, even though polls show no significant move to the right in public opinion? Cultural Dilemmas of Progressive Politics highlights one reason: that progressives often adopt impoverished modes of discourse, ceding the moral high ground to their conservative rivals. As Stephen Hart shows, however, some progressive groups are pioneering more robust ways of talking about their issues and values, providing examples other progressives could emulate. In case studies of grassroots organizations, Hart shows how each group develops a distinctive way of talking about politics and fashioning characteristic stories and ceremonies. The case studies include extensive treatment of economic justice work in faith-based community organizing, as well as human rights activism in Amnesty International. According to Hart, the way people engage in politics matters just as much as the content of their ideas. When activists engage issues with passion, make the moral basis for their activism clear, and articulate a unified social vision, they challenge the recent ascendancy of conservative discourse.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-276) and index.
About the Author
Stephen Hart is an adjunct member of the sociology department at State University of New York, Buffalo. He is the author of What Does the Lord Require? How American Christians Think about Economic Justice.
Table of Contents
I. How We Engage in Politics and Why It Matters
1 Varying Styles of Political Activity
II. Congregation-Based Community Organizing
2 How Congregation-Based Community Organizing Works
3 The Religious and Political Perspective of Community Organizing
4 Stories and Practices of Community Organizing
Conclusion to Part II: Expansive and Constrained Discourse in Community Organizing
III. Human Rights and Amnesty International
5 The Human Rights Tradition and Amnesty International
6 Cultural Work in Amnesty International
Conclusion to Part III: Dilemmas in Human Rights Discourse
IV. How Should We Talk about Politics?
7 Individualism and Its Discontents
8 Integrating Culture and Politics
A. Results from Two National Surveys of Congregation-Based Community Organizing
B. A Catholic Framework for Economic Life (U.S. Catholic Conference)
C. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (Republic of France)
D. The Bill of Rights and Supporting Documents (United States of America)
E. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations)
F. Excerpts from the Statute of Amnesty International
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