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

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Routledge, 2006 - Political Science - 375 pages
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. 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. Drawing from mass media accounts, 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 benfits of mobilization.

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Jules Boykoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. His research and writing appears in scholarly journals such as Global Environmental Change, Labor History, and Socialist Studies, and popular publications like Extra! and NACLA: Report on the Americas.

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