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The Suppression of Dissent : How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements - Jules Boykoff

The Suppression of Dissent

How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780415978101
Number Of Pages: 388

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Despite longstanding traditions of tolerance, inclusion, and democracy in the United States, dissident citizens and social movements have experienced significant and sustained--although often subtle and difficult-to-observe--suppression in this country. Using mechanism-based social-movement theory, this book explores a wide range of twentieth-century episodes of contention, involving such groups as mid-century communists, the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, and the modern-day globalization movement. First it delineates a typology of actions the state and mass media engage in that suppress dissent. Then it shifts analytically from these twelve Modes of Suppression to the five interactive Mechanisms of Suppression that animate demobilization: Resource Depletion, Stigmatization, Divisive Disruption, Intimidation, and Emulation. Acting individually or in concert, these Mechanisms of Suppression operate across time and place.
Drawing from mass-media accounts, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents, secondary histories, and other data sources, Boykoff explains how the state and mass media have engaged in activity that--operating through social mechanisms--inhibits the preconditions for collective action, either through raising the costs or minimizing the benefits of mobilization.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction to the Suppression of Dissentp. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Suppression of Dissentp. 35
State Modes of Suppressionp. 63
Direct Violencep. 65
Public Prosecutions and Hearingsp. 79
Employment Deprivationp. 95
Surveillance and Break-insp. 109
Infiltration, "Badjacketing," and the Use of Agent Provocateursp. 127
"Black Propaganda" and the Creation of Schismp. 145
Harassment and Harassment Arrestsp. 159
Extraordinary Rules and Lawsp. 175
Mass Media and the Suppression of Dissentp. 191
Mass Media Manipulationp. 193
Bi-level Demonizationp. 211
Mass Media Deprecationp. 225
Mass Media Underestimation, False Balance, or Disregardp. 247
From Actions to Transactions: The Mechanisms of Suppressionp. 261
The Five Mechanisms of Suppressionp. 263
Conclusionp. 301
Notesp. 309
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780415978101
ISBN-10: 0415978106
Series: New Approaches in Sociology: Studies in Social Inequality, Social Changes, And Social Justice
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1

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