Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Read this Book

Poor People's Movements
by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward

This book is a classic examination of the importance of protest in the United States in the 20th century. It covers the "structure of protest" and case studies of four different movements (two from the 1930s and two from the 1960s). While the main thesis is disputable (protest is possible only within certain institutional and structural constraints; further, it is a necessary path to results for the poor, while organization building is a red herring for activists), the importance of the book is not.

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