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Rhyming Hope and History

Activists, Academics, and Social Movement Scholarship

2005

David Croteau, William Hoynes, and Charlotte Ryan, editors
Afterword by William A. Gamson

Rhyming Hope and History

Confronts the gulf between social movement theory and activism

Rhyming Hope and History exposes the frayed relations between activism and social movement scholarship and examines the causes and consequences of this disconnect.

Contributors: Kevin M. Carragee, Catherine Corrigall-Brown, Myra Marx Ferree, Richard Flacks, Adria D. Goodson, Richard Healy, Sandra Hinson, David Meyer, Cynthia Peters, Barbara Risman, Robert J. S. Ross, Leila J. Rupp, Cassie Schwerner, Valerie Sperling, David A. Snow, Verta Taylor.

Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series, volume 24

I know of no other book that provides such sustained attention to the relationship between social movement scholarship and activism. It should be read by all those interested in social change and all scholars concerned about the relevancy of their work outside the academy.

Mobilization

Rhyming Hope and History exposes the frayed relations between activism and social movement scholarship and examines the causes and consequences of this disconnect between theory and practice. Both scholars and activists explore solutions, weighing the promise and perils of engaged theory and the barriers to meaningful collaboration. This volume asserts that partnerships among scholars and activists benefit both academic inquiry and social change efforts.

Contributors: Kevin M. Carragee, Suffolk U; Catherine Corrigall-Brown, U of California, Irvine; Myra Marx Ferree, U of Wisconsin, Madison; Richard Flacks, U of California, Santa Barbara; Adria D. Goodson; Richard Healey and Sandra Hinson, Grassroots Policy Project; David Meyer, U of California, Irvine; Cynthia Peters, Worker Education Program of the Service Employees International Union, Local 2020; Barbara Risman, North Carolina State U; Robert J. S. Ross, Clark U; Leila J. Rupp, U of California, Santa Barbara; Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation; David A. Snow, U of California, Irvine; Valerie Sperling, Clark U; Verta Taylor, U of California, Santa Barbara.

Rhyming Hope and History

David Croteau is formerly associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University.


William Hoynes is professor of sociology and director of media studies at Vassar College.

Charlotte Ryan is codirector of the Media Research and Action Project at Boston College.

William A. Gamson is professor of sociology at Boston College.

Rhyming Hope and History

I know of no other book that provides such sustained attention to the relationship between social movement scholarship and activism. It should be read by all those interested in social change and all scholars concerned about the relevancy of their work outside the academy.

Mobilization

Where Rhyming Hope and History makes its contribution . . . is in going beyond critique and offering concrete examples of productive collaboration and theoretically informed reflections on the benefits of movement-centered research for social movement theory.

Contemporary Sociology

Rhyming Hope and History

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Integrating Social Movement Th eory and Practice David Croteau, William Hoynes, and Charlotte Ryan

Part I. Activism and Research

1. The Question of Relevance in Social Movement Studies Richard Flacks
2. Which Side Are You On? The Tension between Movement Scholarship and Activism David Croteau
3. Knowing What’s Wrong Is Not Enough: Creating Strategy and Vision Cynthia Peters
4. Movement Strategy for Organizers Richard Healey and Sandra Hinson

Part II. Bridging the Divide: Lessons from the Field

5. Housing Crisis: Gaining Standing in a Community Coalition Kevin M. Carragee
6. Media Research and Media Activism William Hoynes
7. Successful Collaboration: Movement Building in the Media Arena Charlotte Ryan
8. Feminist Research and Activism: Challenges of Hierarchy in a Cross-National Context Myra Marx Ferree, Valerie Sperling, and Barbara Risman
9. Building the Movement for Education Equity Cassie Schwerner
10. Sweatshop Labor: (Re)Framing Immigration Robert J. S. Ross

Part III. Implications for Theory and Scholarship

11. Scholarship Th at Might Matter David S. Meyer
12. Building Bridges, Building Leaders: Th eory, Action, and Lived Experience Adria D. Goodson
13. Falling on Deaf Ears: Confronting the Prospect of Nonresonant Frames David A. Snow and Catherine Corrigall-Brown
14. Crossing Boundaries in Participatory Action Research: Performing Protest with Drag Queens Verta Taylor and Leila J. Rupp

Afterword William A. Gamson
Contributors

Index