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Pro-Life Activists in America : Meaning, Motivation, and Direct Action - Carol J.C. Maxwell

Pro-Life Activists in America

Meaning, Motivation, and Direct Action

Hardcover Published: 12th August 2002
ISBN: 9780521660440
Number Of Pages: 288

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Maxwell offers an oral history of pro-life direct activism in America from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Through the stories of leaders and followers, men and women, Catholics and evangelicals, Carol Maxwell explores the complex beliefs and desires that gave rise to this activism, sustained, and eventually undid it. Maxwell's interdisciplinary approach weaves theory from sociology, political science, anthropology, and moral philosophy. She pays special attention to several key issues: the role of the participants' diverse concepts of salvation; concerns about social change; their unresolved grief; their personal experiences of abortion; and differences in men's and women's commitment to protest. The book offers a unique window into the minds of individual protestors as they shifted from conventional activism to direct action and gives an important account of the direct action movement as its initial commitment to Ghandian non-violence was broken by the lethal acts that accompanied its end.

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"...a book that offers much that students of movements in all disciplines will find useful." Mobilization, Myra Max Ferree

Pro-life direct action in St. Louis: an oral history
Moral mosaic: variations in the sources of commitment
Coping with bereavement through activism: real grief, imagined death, and pseudo-mourning among pro-life direct activists
Abortion experiences: personal quests and group confirmation
Pro-life 'conviction'
Correlations of persistence: a qualitative analysis
Gender differences
Structure and motivation
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ISBN: 9780521660440
ISBN-10: 0521660440
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 12th August 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.52