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No There There: Social Movements and Urban Political Community

Chris Rhomberg

in No There There

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236189
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940888 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236189.003.0001
No There There: Social Movements and Urban Political Community

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In the early 1920s, a powerful Ku Klux Klan movement burst forth in many American cities, targeting immigrant Jews and Catholics and people of color and attracting an estimated four to six million members. This book uses an explanatory framework built on three basic analytic dimensions: socioeconomic structure, institutional politics, and urban civil society. It introduces concepts drawn from three corresponding, well-known paradigms in sociology and political science: traditional political sociology; the “new institutionalism”; and social movement theory. Furthermore, it provides a case study of three social movements in Oakland, from the point of view of urban political development in twentieth-century America. The focus is on the struggles of groups and actors to forge a political solidarity and community in an urban context. An overview of the chapters included in this book is finally presented.

Keywords: Ku Klux Klan; Oakland; socioeconomic structure; institutional politics; urban civil society; social movement theory; traditional political sociology; new institutionalism

Chapter.  9103 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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