Award Winning Books: Community Organizing and Social Movements

Allies and Obstacles

Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities

Allison C. Carey, Pamela Block, and Richard K. Scotch

Outstanding Publication Award from the Disability & Society section of the American Sociological Association, 2022
Allison Carey, recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Career in the Sociology of Disability from the Disability and Society section of the American Sociological Association
Scholarly Achievement Award for a Book, North Central Sociological Association, 2021

Addresses the nature and history of activism by parents of people with disabilities, and its complex relationship to activism by disabled leaders

348 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables


Architectures of Revolt

The Cinematic City circa 1968

Edited by Mark Shiel

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2019

A groundbreaking exploration of how filmmaking, architecture, and urban planning shaped and were shaped by mass protest movements in and around 1968

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 34 halftones


Are We the 99%?

The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality

Heather McKee Hurwitz

2020 FOREWORD Reviews INDIES Finalist, Women's Studies (Adult Nonfiction)

Intersectionality lessons for contemporary “big-tent” organizing

208 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 2 tables


Asian American Connective Action in the Age of Social Media

Civic Engagement, Contested Issues, and Emerging Identities

James S. Lai

2023 Best Book on Race, Ethnicity, and Identities from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section of the American Political Science Association
Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2022

Examines how social media has changed the way Asian Americans participate in politics

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 tables, 8 figures, 11 halftones


Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven

Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

Ming-sho Ho

Named one of the "Best Books" of 2019 by Foreign Affairs
Taiwan's Academica Sinica Book Award, 2019

Analyzing the dynamics of two recent nonviolent, student-led protests in light of China’s growth and power

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 6 figures, 2 maps


Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City

Somerville, MA

Susan Ostrander

Susan Ostrander is the 2019 recipient of the ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

How community influences contribute to civic and political engagement in a city undergoing rapid change

190 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 figures, 5 maps


The Disability Rights Movement

From Charity to Confrontation

Doris Zames Fleischer and Frieda Zames

Frieda Zames is the recipient of the Eileen Healy Public Service Award, 2003

A newly updated account of the struggle for disability rights in the U.S.

360 pages | 7 x 10


The First Suburban Chinatown

The Remaking of Monterey Park, California

Timothy P. Fong

Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award, Historical Society of Southern California, 1999
Outstanding Book Award in the Social Sciences, Association for Asian American Studies, 1995

Ethnicity issues fuel internal strife as a community faces change

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 tables, 2 figures, 8 halftones


Good Reasons to Run

Women and Political Candidacy

Edited by Shauna L. Shames, Rachel I. Bernhard, Mirya R. Holman, and Dawn Langan Teele

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2020
Mirya Holman, recipient Erika Fairchild Award from the Southern Political Science Association's Women's Caucus, 2022

How and why women run for office

324 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 32 figures, 2 maps


It Comes from the People

Community Development and Local Theology

Mary Ann Hinsdale, Helen M. Lewis and S. Maxine Waller

Co-winner for the Transformational Politics Book Award, American Political Science Association, 1996

An Appalachian community develops a theology of liberation

400 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 figures, 25 halftones, 1 map


It Was Always a Choice

Picking Up the Baton of Athlete Activism

David Steele

2023 Outstanding Book Award from the National Association of Black Journalists
one of the Best Books of 2022 in the Arts and Humanities category by Library Journal

Examining American athletes' activism for racial and social justice, on and off the field

218 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


A Life in the Struggle

Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition

George Lipsitz

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Race Relations, 1989

The life story of a grassroots, civil rights activist

320 pages | 6 x 9


Mobilizing Gay Singapore

Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State

Lynette Chua

Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, 2015
Awarded a certificate from the International Convention of Asia Scholar's Book Prize acknowledging it as Ground-Breaking Matter in the Social Sciences category by the 2015 Reading Committee, 2015

How gay activism survives in a state that maintains power while promoting the rule of law and social harmony

228 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 1 map


Model City Blues

Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven

Mandi Isaacs Jackson

Urban Communication Foundation Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Publication Award, 2008

A lively account of social protest and urban renewal in a struggling American city

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 5 figures, 45 halftones


Money for Change

Social Movement Philanthropy at the Haymarket People's Fund

Susan Ostrander

Susan Ostrander is the 2019 recipient of the ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

From the inside out, this study of a democratic philantrophy probes the world of social movement funding

256 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Movements in Times of Democratic Transition

Edited by Bert Klandermans and Cornelis van Stralen

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2015

How do social movements that trigger democratic movements survive their own success?

390 pages | 6 x 9 | 34 tables, 16 figures


The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation

Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

National Communication Association Critical and Cultural Division Book of the Year 2017

A landmark history of the New York Young Lords, and what their activism tells us about contemporary Latino/a politics

248 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 figures, 6 halftones


Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan

Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeovers

Ashley E. Nickels

American Society for Public Administration Section on Democracy and Social Justice Book Award, 2019
American Political Science Association Robert A. Dahl Award, 2020
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2020

The policy history of, implementation of, and reaction to Flint’s municipal takeovers

272 pages | 5.25 x 8.5 | 11 tables, 4 figures, 5 halftones, 1 map