New Book: Identify work in Social Movements

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[ed:  apologies to Betty for the delay in getting her reply out. 
Discussion welcome.]

From: "Betty G. Robinson" <bgrobinson at>

Hi Randy, et. al., thanks for the note about this new book.

I looked at this table of contents and unless I am not seeing correctly 
what is included in the essays, I did not see a single essay on the 
civil rights movement.  How could they not have an analysis of this all 
important movement which would help us understand the demands of an 
oppressed group which sought to transform its "identity"  in the process 
of the movement and also made significant contributions to the women's 
and gay movements?
Betty G. Robinson

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> From: Heather Skinner <skinn077 at>
> Jo Reger, Daniel J. Myers, and Rachel L. Einwohner, Editors
> University of Minnesota Press | 328 pages | 2008
> ISBN 978-0-8166-5139-9 | hardcover | $75.00
> ISBN 978-0-8166-5140-5 | paperback | $25.00
> Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series, volume 30
> Movements for social change are by their nature oppositional, as are 
> those who join change movements. This volume offers new scholarship that 
> explores how people negotiate identity within social movements and 
> examines issues of diversity and uniformity among social movement 
> participants.
> Contributors: Mary Bernstein, Kimberly B. Dugan, Elizabeth Kaminski, 
> Susan Munkres, Kevin Neuhouser, Benita Roth, Silke Roth, Todd Schroer, 
> Verta Taylor, Jane Ward.
> "Scholarship on collective identity has tended to under-theorize issues 
> of difference and conflict-Identity Work in Social Movements remedies 
> that lack beautifully. A significant and unique collection."-Nancy 
> Whittier, Smith College
> For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's 
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