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Racialized Protest and the State

Resistance and Repression in a Divided America, 1st Edition

Edited by Hank Johnston, Pamela Oliver


256 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Bringing together leading scholars of social movements and protest, this volume offers an up-to-date overview of several of the key ethnic and racial movements in the contemporary United States. The organizations, strategies, and challenges of the Black Lives movement, mainstream Black organizations, the Mexican-American Dreamer groups, immigrant-rights mobilizations, Arab-American resistance, and white nationalism are all examined by situating them in a rapidly evolving and—in many ways—increasingly unfavourable state context. With empirical studies linked by their dialogue with theories of social movement and protest, and, in particular, recent trends that emphasize the dynamic relations among social movement groups and organizations, Racialized Protest and the State also considers the redundancy of state players and the roles of hostile civic actors who oppose the movements' challenges. A cutting-edge analysis of an increasingly important dimension of contentious politics in complex and diverse Western societies, this book will appeal to scholars of sociology and politics with interests in social movements, nonviolent resistance, protest campaigns and ethnic mobilization.

Table of Contents

1. Pacification and Resistance in Racialized States: A Comparative View

Hank Johnston and Pamela Oliver

2. Defensive Adaptations: NAACP Responses to the U.S. Post-Racial Project 1970-1990

Belinda Robnett

3. Resisting Repression: The Black Lives Movement in Context

Pamela Oliver

4. Racist Policing, Practical Resonance, and Frame Alignment in Ferguson

Joshua Bloom and Zachary David Frampton

5. Active Abeyance, Political Opportunity, and the ‘New’ White Supremacy

Pete Simi and Robert Futrell

6. The Biographical Consequences of Repression: Arab Americans in Post-9/11 America

Wayne A. Santoro and Marian Azab

7. Localized Political Contexts: Undocumented Youth Mobilization during Hostile Times

Edelina Burciaga and Lisa Martinez

8. Gaining a Voice: Storytelling and Undocumented Youth Activism in Chicago

Thomas Swerts

9. Racial, Ethnic, and Immigration Protest During Year One of the Trump Presidency

Kenneth T. Andrews, Neal Caren, and Todd Lu

About the Editors

Hank Johnston is Professor of Sociology and Hansen Chair of Peace and Nonviolence Studies at San Diego State University, USA. His recent books include Social Movements, Nonviolent Resistance and the State, What is a Social Movement? and States and Social Movements.

Pamela Oliver was the Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and is now Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Oliver is an internationally recognized scholar of social movements and protest, and author of numerous research articles in sociology’s leading journals.

About the Series

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field contentious politics, this series publishes research in social movements, protest and strategies of resistance. This is an expansive area of study that includes research in sociology and political science, as well as from communications, geography, social psychology, and anthropology. The series welcomes proposals on a range of topics and theoretical perspectives, including movement strategies and organization, new communication technologies, protest in the global South, resistance in different state systems, cultural movements, identity politics, and more.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General