Collective Action and the Civil Rights Movement
By (author) Dennis Chong
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Collective Action and the Civil Rights Movement by Dennis Chong
Book DescriptionCollective Action and the Civil Rights Movement is a theoretical study of the dynamics of public-spirited collective action as well as a substantial study of the American civil rights movement and the local and national politics that surrounded it. In this major historical application of rational choice theory to a social movement, Dennis Chong reexamines the problem of organizing collective action by focusing on the social, psychological, and moral incentives of political activism that are often neglected by rational choice theorists. Using game theoretic concepts as well as dynamic models, he explores how rational individuals decide to participate in social movements and how these individual decisions translate into collective outcomes. In addition to applying formal modeling to the puzzling and important social phenomenon of collective action, he offers persuasive insights into the political and psychological dynamics that provoke and sustain public activism. This remarkably accessible study demonstrates how the civil rights movement succeeded against difficult odds by mobilizing community resources, resisting powerful opposition, and winning concessions from the government.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226104416
(231mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dennis Chong
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This 2007 book studies the impact of the media on politics in the United States during the last half-century.
Citizens and Politics, Hardback (June 2001)
This volume brings together some of the research on citizen decision making.
Rational Lives, Paperback (April 2000)
Shows how a single model can explain how people make decisions across social/economic realms. The text argues that preferences result from a combination of psychological dispositions, shaped by social influences, as well as costs and benefits calculated according to our desire for material gain.
Impersonal Influence, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Dennis Chong
This book is about how people are affected by their perceptions of the collective opinions of others.
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Author Biography - Dennis Chong
Dennis Chong is professor of political science at Northwestern University.
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