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Gee asserts the legitimacy of 'counterpower', by which he means popular dissent and protest, then categorises it into Ideas Counterpower (conventional campaigning such as leaflets, petition and media strategy), Economic Counterpower (strikes and boycotts), and Physical Counterpower (everything from non-violent demonstrations to insurrections). He then spends the bulk of the book describing various popular struggles at considerable length, including the movement for independence in India, the campaign against the Vietnam War in the US (with walk-on parts for the UK supporters), and the struggle to overthrow Apartheid in South Africa in terms of the categories he has created.
The end result is a sort of relentlessly cheerful history of protests movements, with most of the politics taken out.Read more ›
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.
Movements for change in Asia (eg Burma), Eastern Europe, and Africa are also covered, as is climate change and other contentious issues. Not just young activists, but anyone who really cares about social justice should read this book.
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Refreshing, interesting, inspiring, thought-provoking - and thoroughly accessible. I can't think of anyone I wouldn't recommend it for, really - except, perhaps, those involved in... Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by M. Hughes
Fun read, great concepts for those who are new to campaigning - and a very handy way of framing movements for those who have more experience. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2012 by Mike Shaw
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