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Empowering Settings and Voices for Social Change

This book focuses on understanding social settings as loci for empowering intervention and relates these settings to understanding and giving voice to citizens. The volume illuminates advances in theory and method relevant to changing a broad spectrum of social settings from a strength-based perspective.

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2 011

Dynamics of Contention

Dissatisfied with the compartmentalization of studies concerning strikes, wars, revolutions, social movements, and other forms of political struggle, McAdam, Tarrow and Tilly identify causal mechanisms and processes that recur across a wid range of contentious politics. Critical of the static, single-actor models (including their own) that have prevailed in the field, they shift the focus of analysis to dynamic interaction.

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2 001

Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Sozial Movements

Citizen activism has achieved many positive results. But the road to success for social movements is often complex, usually lasting many years, with few guides for evaluating the precise stage of a movement's evolution to determine the best way forward.

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2 001

Creative Community Organizing

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A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice

Si’s latest work is a different kind of community organizing book. As with other books, including some by Kahn himself, it does describe many of the practical tactics organizers use. But it’s also about community organizing as a way of thinking and a way of life.

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2 010

Change the World Without Taking Power. The Meaning of Revolution Today

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"The problem of the traditional concept of revolution is perhaps not that it aimed too high, but that it aimed too low. The notion of capturing positions of power, whether it be governmental power or more dispersed positions of power in society, misses the point that the aim of the revolution is to dissolve relations of power, to create a society based on the mutual recognition of people's dignity. What has failed is the notion that revolution means capturing power in order to abolish power." (John Holloway)

A very important book!

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2 002

Activists, Alliances, and Anti-US Base Protests

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No other country maintains a global military presence comparable to that of the United States. Yet outside the United States, considerable debate exists about what this presence is about and how well it serves national and global interests. Anti-U.S. base protests, played out in parliaments and the streets of host nations, continue to arise in different parts of the world.

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2 011

A Theory of Nonviolent Action

In this ground-breaking and much-needed book, Stellan Vinthagen provides the first major systematic attempt to develop a theory of nonviolent action since Gene Sharp's seminal The Politics of Nonviolent Action in 1973.

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2 015

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics provides a well-tested approach for building people’s participation and collective power that goes beyond influencing policy and politics to transforming public decision-making altogether.

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2 002

A Conscientious Objector's Guide to the International Human Rights System

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This guide updates and expands the publication A Conscientious Objectors Guide to the UN Human Rights System, published jointly by War Resisters' International and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva, in 2000, and compiled by Emily Miles.

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2 013

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