Making of Pro-Life Activists How Social Movement Mobilization Works

ISBN-10: 0226551202
ISBN-13: 9780226551203
Edition: 2nd 2008
Authors: Ziad W. Munson
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List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

How do people become activists for causes they care deeply about? Many people with similar backgrounds, for instance, fervently believe that abortion should be illegal, but only some of them join the pro-life movement. By delving into the lives and beliefs of activists and nonactivists alike, Ziad W. Munson is able to lucidly examine the differences between them. Through extensive interviews and detailed studies of pro-life organizations across the nation, Munson makes the startling discovery that many activists join up before they develop strong beliefs about abortion-in fact, some are even pro-choice prior to their mobilization. Therefore, Munson concludes, commitment to an issue is often a consequence rather than a cause of activism. The Making of Pro-life Activistsprovides a compelling new model of how people become activists while also offering a penetrating analysis of the complex relationship between religion, politics, and the pro-life movement. Policy makers, activists on both sides of the issue, and anyone seeking to understand how social movements take shape will find this book essential.

Ziad W. Munsonis the Frank R. Hook Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Explaining Mobilization in the American Pro-life Movement
Learning to Care
The Mobilization Process
The Birth of a Movement
Together but Not One: The Pro-life Movement Structure
"United We Stand"? Tension in the Pro-life Moral Universe
"My Life Is My Argument": Religion and the Movement
Becoming an Activist: Ideas and Social Movements
Study Methodology
Notes
References
Index

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