Making Change Happen
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- An in-depth look at how change happens
- An exploration of the power of protest
- Told from the perspective of the people on the frontline of making change happen
- A powerful contribution to the debate about how we achieve change 138 x 216 mm, paperback
- 208 pages
The prescription outlined in Counterpower is relevant to activists in all sorts of movements in all sorts of societies.
'Everyone working for a better world would do well to read this book. Social change from below does not happen by accident. It is always the result of hard and constructive work. Counterpower, full of encouraging past examples, is an inspiration for the future.'
'This book is worth your attention.'
We find ourselves in one of those historical moments in which time seems to accelerate, things fall apart and everything is up for grabs. Learning from history is essential in times like these, and Counterpower will give you a number of valuable and memorable lessons.
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This book argues that no major campaign has ever been successful without Counterpower, defined as "the power that the 'have-nots' can use to remove the power of the 'haves'". This contention is examined by investigating the history and tactics of the suffrage movement, the labour movement, the anti-war movement, the anti-colonial movement, the environmental movement and today's global justice/anti-globalisation movement.
In the context of the financial crisis and the threat of climate change, engagement in system critical social movements is on the increase. Yet there is currently no book available that both delves in to the historical social movements and the strategies that they used for success.
Furthermore, there is a clear need for a book to demystify the power dynamics of successful social change, to persuade those who believe that activism doesn't make a difference that it can, and it does.
About the Author:
Tim Gee works with campaigning organisations to support collective campaigns. He is active with the Climate Camp and numerous grassroots community campaigns. He has an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University, where he was also active in the student movement. Tim has contributed to several campaigning guides and manuals as well as delivering training sessions for activists.
ISBN / Barcode: 9781780260327
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