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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely accessible and well-written, 23 Nov 2011
This review is from: Counterpower (Paperback)
Counterpower describes the power available to people; power `from below'. It is the power of workers, peasants and the oppressed. But while it is the power of ordinary people, it can do extraordinary things. Gee's talent is to divide counterpower into three related elements, "Idea Counterpower" (hegemony), "Economic Counterpower," and "Physical Counterpower" (direct action). Using this framework, he takes a historico-political perspective on some of the most important struggles for social change from the abolition of slavery through Desegregation and Indian independence to the anti-capitalist and pro-democracy protests we see today.

Reading the brilliant anecdotes and examples, I'm reminded of the extraordinary role of the Churches in social change. Principles of solidarity and subsidiarity are woven into the fabric of our beliefs, handed down ultimately in the example of Jesus. But the Churches also have access to influence at the highest levels; commanding an entire city state is the ultimate in temporal power. Our challenge is to use the power available within our Churches to be Good News to the poor and oppressed. This is an extremely accessible and well-written book and worth reading for anyone who wants to know how social change happens and how they can be a part of it.
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