Cultural Politics and Social Movements

Edited by Marcy Darnovsky, Barbara Epstein, and Richard Flacks
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1996
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Bridging the worlds of activism and academia—this volume combines social movement theory with the real experiences of activists


Bridging the worlds of activism and academia-social movement theory informed with the real experiences of activists-this volume of accessible essays brings together insights from European New Social Movement theorists, U.S. scholars of social movements, and activists involved in social movements from the 1960s to the 1990s.


"This is an interesting and diverse collection that bridges several divides: between scholars and activists, culture and politics, and European and U.S. theoretical perspectives. Together, the chapters give a good picture of the complexities of contemporary social movements, cultural politics, identity and the politicization of personal realms, and the legacy of the movements of the 1960s. It will make a valuable contribution to contemporary intellectual and political thought."
Nancy Whittier, Smith College author of Feminist Generations: The Persistence of the Radical Women's Movement

Table of Contents


Part I: Activists and Academics 1. "Political Correctness" and Collective Powerlessness – Barbara Epstein 2. Community and Academic Intellectuals: The Conquest for Cultural Authority in Identity Politics – Jeffrey Escoffier 3. Theorizing Movements: Direct Action and Direct Theory – Noël Sturgeon

Part II: Cultural Politics after the Counterculture 4. Motherfuckers Then and Now: My Sixties Problem – Osha Neumann 5. The Counterculture, the New Left, and the New Right – Rebecca E. Klatch 6. The Twelve-Step Movement and Advanced Capitalist Culture: The Politics of Self-Control in Postmodernity – Craig Reinarman 7. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place": Notes toward a Remapping of the Sixties – Alice Echols

Part III: Identity Politics and Activist Projects 8. Sisters and Queers: The Decentering of Lesbian Feminism – Arlene Stein 9. Small Change: Radical Politics since the 1960s – L.A. Kauffman 10. Gay and Lesbian Experiences and Sensibilities in the Antiwar Movement – Mindy Spatt 11. Reweaving the New World Order: An Ecofeminist Analysis – Ilene Rose Feinman 12. Race: Theory, Culture, and Politics in the United States Today – Howard Winant 13. Industrial Racism, the Environmental Crisis, and the Denial of Social Justice – Cynthia Hamilton 14. The Iconography of Hazardous Waste – Andrew Szasz 15. The Media Environment after Desert Storm – Marcy Darnovsky

Part IV: Searching for Strategy: Dilemmas of Activism 16. Movements and Dissensus Politics – Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward 17. Think Globally, Act Politically: Some Notes toward New Movement Strategy – Richard Flacks 18. The Uses of Freedom: PostCommunist Transformation in Eastern Europe – Bronislaw Misztal 19. The Global Planet an the Internal Planet: New Frontiers for Collective Action and Individual Transformation – Alberto Melucci 20. New Social Movements and the Transformation to Post-Fordist Society – Margit Mayer and Roland Roth 21. Rethinking Revolution in Light of the New Social Movements – Allen Hunter

About the Contributors Index

About the Author(s)

Marcy Darnovsky is Visiting Lecturer at the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University and Hayward State University.

Barbara Epstein, Professor in the History of Consciousness Board at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is author of Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s.

Richard Flacks is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of several books, including Beyond the Barricades: The Sixties Generation Grows Up (with Jack Whalen, Temple).