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Coalitions across the Class Divide: Lessons from the Labor, Peace, and Environmental Movements (Paperback)
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Coalitions across the Class Divide: Lessons from the Labor, Peace, and Environmental Movements (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 07/12/1999
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Too often struggles for jobs and economic justice have been divided from social goals such as peace or protecting the environment. How do we create an economy where both the process and product of work serve life-sustaining goals? Coalitions across the Class Divide argues that the seeds of this new society are being sown by those who learn to bridge working and middle-class movements and cultures. A new generation of activists is seizing a historic opportunity to organize coalitions across the labor, peace, environmental, and other movements that have previously worked in isolation or at odds. Fred Rose brings the challenges and potential of coalition organizing to life through an in-depth look at cases of conflict and cooperation. From the timber wars in the Pacific Northwest to military conversion coalitions emerging with the end of the Cold War, these cases teach practical lessons about the processes and pitfalls of organizing across movements and classes.

Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801486364
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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"Combining theories of class politics with case studies, Rose surveys the problems and possibilities of forging working- and middle-class coalitions around peace, environmental protection, and economic security. Opening with an excellent discussion of cross-class interactions, he then presents case studies based on interviews with loggers, environmentalists, peace advocates, and defense workers about the history of cross-class political alliances.... Well researched and cogently argued, this is worth reading."

* Library Journal *

"Coalitions Across the Class Divide is essential reading for scholars and political activists interested in the connections among class, class culture, political action, and social change. Fred Rose brings together a number of important strands of the academic literature on interest groups and class, and applies them to a set of issues that are of central importance-an excellent and influential book."

-- Bruce A. Williams, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Fred Rose provides the practical experience and conceptual framework to counteract the major democracy-suppressing strategy of Big Business-which is to divide and rule the people. For activistswould-be activists, and other citizens looking for civic motivation, Coalitions Across the Class Divide is an uplift with its feet on the ground."

-- Ralph Nader

"Rose brings practical experience and research knowledge to this examination of coalition-building among social movements. He notes that modern labor and modern peace movements are marked by intermovement conflict that hinders genuine democratic social change.... Useful for activists, organizers and students of social movements."

* Choice Magazine *

"Rose makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of coalitions through in-depth case studies of several coalition building efforts.... This book fills many of the gaps left by existing coalition research Rose's political analysis is full of important insights.... In many ways, Coalitions across the Class Divide represents an admirable fusion of serious scholarship with an engaged activist sensibility."

-- Brian K. Obach, SUNY-New Paltz * Mobilization *

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