Series editor(s): Professor Vasilikie Demos, Professor Marcia Segal
Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy
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|Title:||Diversity, Activism, and Global Concerns in the U.S. Peace Movement|
|Volume:||15 Editor(s): Esther Ngan-Ling Chow, Marcia Texler Segal, Lin Tan ISBN: 978-0-85724-743-8 eISBN: 978-0-85724-744-5|
|Citation:||Laura Toussaint (2011), Diversity, Activism, and Global Concerns in the U.S. Peace Movement, in Esther Ngan-Ling Chow, Marcia Texler Segal, Lin Tan (ed.) Analyzing Gender, Intersectionality, and Multiple Inequalities: Global, Transnational and Local Contexts (Advances in Gender Research, Volume 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.263-285|
|DOI:||10.1108/S1529-2126(2011)0000015017 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Purpose – The purpose of this chapter is to discuss diversity among individual activists and the movement as a whole in the United States and identify the concerns, challenges, opportunities, and initiatives facing the broader network of global peace activists.
Design/methodology/approach – Data were from my study of U.S. peace activists that included 251 Internet survey respondents and 33 telephone interviewees.
Findings – I present a typology of internal and external challenges for the peace movement identified by activists, as well as five strategies for diversifying the movement.
Social implications – As some respondents expressed how their privileged status as American citizens prompted their peace activism, I explore how the intersection of a socially dominant status with the experience of belonging to a subordinated gender group impacts activism. I also discuss global opportunities to strengthen the peace and justice movement with a particular focus on women's activism.
Originality – While most studies of peace activism focus on social movement organizations, this is a comprehensive study of individuals involved in peace activism after September 11, 2001.
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