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The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance

Deva R. Woodly

Abstract

The way that movements communicate with the general public matters for their chances of lasting success. This book argues that the potential for movement-led political change is significantly rooted in mainstream democratic discourse and specifically in the political acceptance of new issues by news media, the general public, and elected officials. This is true to some extent for any group wishing to alter status quo distributions of rights and/or resources, but is especially important for grass-roots challengers who do not already have a place of legitimated influence in the polity. By examin ... More

Keywords: social movement, living wage, marriage equality, democracy, discourse, American politics, political theory, political communication, political sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190203986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190203986.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deva R. Woodly, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, The New School