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Teamsters and turtles? : U.S. progressive political movements in the 21st century
Berg, John C.
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Lanham, Md. ; Oxford, England : Rowman & Littlefield, [2003]

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vii, 283 pages ; 23 cm.
Introduction / John C. Berg -- From anti-globalization to global justice: a twenty-first-century movement / Ronald Hayduk -- Unions and American workers: whither the labor movement? / Immanuel Ness -- Mass-membership senior interest groups and the politics of aging / Laura Katz Olson, Frank L. Davis -- Radical and pragmatic: united students against sweatshops / Christine Kelly, Joel Lefkowitz -- From women's survival to new directions: wand and anti-militarism / Melissa Haussman -- The AIDS coalition to unleash power: a brief reconsideration / Benjamin Shepard -- The disability movement: ubiquitous but unknown / David Pfeiffer -- Growing green: can it happen here? / James R. Simmons, Solon J. Simmons -- Human rights watch: American liberal values in the global arena / Claude E. Welch, Jr./ The peace movement: voices in the wilderness / Meredith Reid Sarkees.
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After decades of single issue movements and identity politics on the U.S. left, the series of large demonstrations beginning in 1999 in Seattle has led many to wonder if activist politics can now come together around a common theme of global justice. This book pursues the prospects for progressive political movements in the 21st century with case studies of ten representative movements, including the anti globalization forces, environmental interest groups, and new takes on the peace movement.

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is professor and director of graduate studies at Suffolk University.

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This collection of essays consists of case studies of a broad range of contemporary progressive social movements in the US. These include both groups that have long been associated with the Left, such as labor, women, students, and the peace movement, as well as a number of newly formed movements and collaborations between more traditional challengers, such as the students' antisweatshop movement, and the multifaceted collaboration between groups as diverse as organized labor and environmentalists in an effort to shape the development of global politics. The chapters invoke a broad range of theoretical perspectives and employ a variety of forms of analysis--including the examination of key movement organizations, in-depth reflections of movement participants, broad overviews of the historical development of movement goals, and the analysis of particular campaigns and contentious events. Underscoring the broad agenda that characterizes the contemporary Left, this collection of essays only unevenly addresses the central questions of the volume, including the capacity of social movements to bridge traditional divisions (e.g., between materialist and postmaterialist concerns), the ability and interest of these movements to engage the emerging realm of transnational politics, and their ability to articulate their relevance post-September 11th. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate collections. D. R. Imig University of Memphis

Table of Contents

John C. BergRonald HaydukImmanuel NessLaura Katz Olson and Frank L. DavisChristine Kelly and Joel LefkowitzMelissa HaussmanBenjamin ShepardDavid PfeifferJames R. Simmons and Solon J. SimmonsClaude E. Welch, Jr.Meredith Reid Sarkees
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 From Anti-Globalization to Global Justice: A Twenty-First-Century Movementp. 17
Part I Movements Based on Material Needs
3 Unions and American Workers: Whither the Labor Movement?p. 53
4 Mass-Membership Senior Interest Groups and the Politics of Agingp. 65
5 Radical and Pragmatic: United Students against Sweatshopsp. 83
Part II Movements Based on Postmaterialist Identities
6 From Women's Survival to New Directions: WAND and Anti-Militarismp. 101
7 The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power: A Brief Reconsiderationp. 133
8 The Disability Movement: Ubiquitous but Unknownp. 159
Part III Altruistic Movements
9 Growing Green: Can It Happen Here?p. 187
10 Human Rights Watch: American Liberal Values in the Global Arenap. 211
11 The Peace Movement: Voices in the Wildernessp. 229
Indexp. 265
About the Contributorsp. 281