The Lesbian and Gay Movements
Assimilation or Liberation?
By (author) Craig A. Rimmerman
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Lesbian and Gay Movements by Craig A. Rimmerman
Book DescriptionThroughout their relatively short history, the lesbian and gay movements in the United States have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. This new book explores this dilemma in both contemporary and historical contexts, describing the sources of these conflicts, to what extent the conflicts have been resolved, and how they might be resolved in future. The text also tackles the challenging issue of what constitutes movement "effectiveness" and how "effective" the assimilationist and liberationist strategies have been in three contentious policy arenas: the military ban, same-sex marriage, and AIDS. Considerable attention is devoted to how policy elites-most notably Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; Congress; and the Supreme Court-have responded to the movements' grievances. The book examines the George W. Bush presidency with an eye to assessing how political opportunities have informed the broader lesbian and gay movements' strategies, and also details the response of the Christian Right to the movements' various assimilationist and liberationist strategies. A Choice Oustanding Academic Title 2008
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813340548
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 14-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Craig A. Rimmerman
Lesbian and Gay Movements, Paperback (August 2014)
An overview of the political strategies of U.S. lesbian and gay movements in AIDS/HIV, military, and same-sex marriage policies.
New Citizenship, Paperback (July 2010)
Now revised and updated, this book examines the variety of ways that citizens in the United States engage in their communities and American politics and where the line dividing acceptable and unacceptable discourse and activities lies.
Politics of Same-sex Marriage, Paperback (October 2007)
Same-sex marriage emerged in 2004 as one of the hottest issues of the campaign season. This work explores various facets of this issue, including the ideologies and strategies on both sides of the argument, the public's response, and how same-sex marriage fits into the context of policy cycles and windows of political opportunity.
Politics of Gay Rights, Paperback (July 2000)» View all books by Craig A. Rimmerman
This is a collection of essays from scholars and activists writing from a number of different perspectives providing a comprehensive overview of civil rights for lesbians and gays. They also address the strategies and ideology of opposition groups and focus on issues for public policy.
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Author Biography - Craig A. Rimmerman
Craig A. Rimmerman is professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the editor of Westview Press's Dilemmas in American Politics series. He is also author of Presidency by Plebiscite: The Reagan-Bush Era in Institutional Perspective, and co-editor with Kenneth A. Wald and Clyde Wilcox of The Politics of Gay Rights.
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