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FROM OUTRAGE TO ACTION: The Politics of Grass-Roots Dissent
by Laura R. Woliver
University of Illinois Press, 1993
Paper: 978-0-252-06311-4 | Cloth: 978-0-252-01962-3
Library of Congress Classification JS451.W65W75 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.809775

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
 In one case a local judge declared a five-year-old sexual assault victim a "particularly promiscuous young lady." In another, an innocent black man died in police custody. In these cases and two others, outraged citizens banded together to protest and seek redress for the injustices.
    
Through in-depth interviews with activists, Laura Woliver examines these community actions, studying the groups involved and linking her conclusions to larger questions of political power and the impact of social movements. Her findings will make fascinating reading for those interested in the rise and fall of grass-roots interest groups, the nature of dissent, and
 the reasons why people volunteer countless hours, sometimes in the face
        of community opposition and isolation, to dedicate themselves to a cause.
      The ad hoc interest groups studied are the Committee to Recall Judge
        Archie Simonson (Madison), the Coalition for Justice for Ernest Lacy (Milwaukee),
        Concerned Citizens for Children (Grant County, Wisconsin), and Citizens
        Taking Action (Madison). Woliver relates the community responses in these
        cases to those in the Jeffrey Dahmer mass murder case and the beating
        by Los Angeles police of Rodney King.
      "A pioneering investigation of local, ad hoc interest groups that
        are launched by a blatant injustice. . . . Explores the impressive defensive
        capabilities against change of established social groups and portrays
        the complex consequences of 'sputtering interests' for attitudes (such
        as consciousness raising), for action, and for future policy. An important
        and innovative contribution."
        -- Mary Edelman, author of The Symbolic Uses of Politics
      "A truly humanistic piece of social science research, offering fascinating
        insights on grassroots participants, their feelings, and their fates."
        -- Janet K. Boles, author of American Feminism: New Issues for
        a Mature Movement
 
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