Kathleen M. Blee

in Democracy in the Making

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199842766
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951161 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Culture and Politics


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This chapter draws lessons for scholars and activists. It elaborates the otherwise-obscure democratic impulses that are made visible by looking closely at emerging grassroots activism, such as the extent to which members broadly engage in theorizing about social change and political action. This chapter also confronts more distressing ways in which grassroots groups, even those with admirable goals, can diminish imagination, incubate tensions, and deepen social hierarchies. It concludes with recommendations for bolstering the democratic potential of grassroots activism

Keywords: lessons; theorizing; imagination; democracy; tension; activism; social movements

Chapter.  2977 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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