party in the street



A March 2003 anti-war demonstration in Wahsington, DC . Photo from In These Times

The magazine In These Times has just featured my research on the anti-war movement in an article called Dancing into the Majority. The main message is one that my collaborator (Michael Heaney) and I have been arguing for some time: the anti-war movement is much more willing to assert its influence through routine politics rather than traditional protest tactics. We call this the “party in the street:” set of individuals and organizations that are both part of a grassroots social movement and that identify and work with a political party. Thus, the boundary between what is called the “social movement” and the rest of politics is becoming more blurred. Movement activists are more willing engage in lobbying, electoral politics and internal party organizing. Social movement researchers might also enjoy this earlier article on how “netroots activists” have started to assert themselves in various Democratic party groups. Here’s the academic article we wrote about the party in the street.

Written by fabiorojas

May 23, 2007 at 5:16 pm

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  1. […] few months ago, I blogged about the research I am conducting with my colleague Michael Heaney about the American anti-war movement. Sage Publications has been kind enough to allow people to download our recently published article, […]


  2. […] be in Washington this weekend to survey more protesters, but I’ll leave you with the following New York Times article about the treasure trove of […]


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  3. […] title? Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the 2008 Election. For a full explanation of the title, watch the interview clip or check out our paper in American […]


  4. […] via Milk’s campaign organization. That’s a big theme that my co-author and I push – the “party in the street,” which is what we call the social domain where street politics intersects with party politics. […]


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