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Stout, Jeffrey
Blessed are the organized : grassroots democracy in America / Jeffrey Stout
Alternate Title Grassroots democracy in America
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  JK1764 .S85 2010    AVAILABLE
Gift from Jerome and Margaret Skelly, 2011
Subject(s) Political participation -- United States
Democracy -- United States
Religion and politics -- United States
Social movements -- United States
Physical Description xix, 346 p. : maps ; 24 cm
NOTE Gift from Jerome and Margaret Skelly, 2011
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-327) and index
Contents Chapter One. The Responsibilities of a Citizen -- Chapter Two. A Power Analysis -- Chapter Three. Organizing for the Common Good -- Chapter Four. Rites of Solidarity, Commitment, and Mourning -- Chapter Five. Domination, Anger, and Grief -- Chapter Six. Public Address -- Chapter Seven. Ain't it Awful? -- Chapter Eight. The Authority to Lead -- Chapter Nine. On the Treatment of Opponents -- Chapter Ten. Organize, Reflect, and Reorganize -- Chapter Eleven. The Compelling Force of the Ideal -- Chapter Twelve. Face-to-Face Meetings -- Chapter Thirteen. The Passion of St. Rose -- Chapter Fourteen. Blood and Harmony -- Chapter Fifteen. Fathers and Sisters for Life -- Chapter Sixteen. Pastors and Flocks -- Chapter Seventeen. The Contested Sacred -- Chapter Eighteen. Across Great Scars of Wrong -- Chapter Nineteen. The Organizer President -- Chapter Twenty. Walking in Our Sleep
Review "In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of others are not ready to give up on democracy just yet. Working outside the notice of the national media, ordinary citizens across the nation are meeting in living rooms, church basements, synagogues, and schools to identify shared concerns, select and cultivate leaders, and take action. Their goal is to hold big government and big business accountable. In this important new book, Jeffrey Stout bears witness to the successes and failures of progressive grassroots organizing, and the daunting forces now arrayed against it." "Stout tells vivid stories of people fighting entrenched economic and political interests around the country. From parents and teachers striving to overcome gang violence in South Central Los Angeles, to a Latino priest north of the Rio Grande who brings his parish into a citizens' organization, to the New Orleans residents who get out the vote by taking a jazz band through streets devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Stout describes how these ordinary people conceive of citizenship, how they acquire and exercise power, and how religious ideas and institutions contribute to their successes." "The most important book on organizing and grassroots democracy in a generation, Blessed are the Organized is a passionate and hopeful account of how our endangered democratic principles can be put into action."--BOOK JACKET
Alternate Author Library donation, 2011

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