Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Thinking About Ways to Research, Write and Teach About Social Movements, Human Rights and Collective Actions (Progressive and Regressive)

(OK, I'm developing a course on contemporary social movements... as is typical I'm diving into the deep end, and will probably flounder around a bit ... so anyone want to throw me something to float on, in the form of suggestions of books, essays, films, websites, please do, and I will make this post a revolving resource, as I come across stuff, and people give me suggestions, I will add them to the list)

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle [Documentary on the 1999 WTO Street Protests]

ACLU Freedom Files: Dissent

Acting on Faith: Women's New Religious Activism in America

Adbusters [Canadian magazine that is at the center of a cultural jammers movement—Kall Lasn is the publisher]

African American Art and Political Dissent During the Harlem Renaissance

The African American Odyssey: The Quest for Full Citizenship

Ali, Tariq and Susan Watkins. 1968: Marching in the Streets. NY: Free Press, 1998.

Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. NY: Vintage, 1989.

Allen, Robert C. Farm to Factory: A Reinterpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution Princeton: Princeton University Press 2003.

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Andriolo, Karin. "The Twice Killed: Imaging Protest Suicide." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 66-76.

Armstrong, Charles K. The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press 2004.

Art Crimes

Art of the Street: Time Photo Essay (2005)

Avni, Ronit. "Mobilizing Hope: Beyond the Shame-Based Model in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 205-214.

Bacon, David. The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border. Berkeley: University of California Press 2004.

Bakan, Joel. The Corporation — The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power NY: Viking 2004

Battle for the Minds

Beckerman, Gal. "Indymedia: Between Passion and Pragmatism." Columbia Review of Journalism (reposted on AlterNet: September 17, 2003)

Bigelow, Bill and Bob Peterson, eds. Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in An Unjust World. Rethinking Schools Press, 2002.

The Bill of Rights (U.S.)

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Biology Professor Resigns Over Government Use of Plant Research (Martha Crouch: Democracy Now Profile)

Blight, David, ed. The Underground Railroad in History and Memory: Passages to Freedom. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2004

Branford, Sue and Jan Rocha. Cutting the Wire: The Story of the Landless Movement in Brazil. London: Latin American Bureau, 2002.

Brazil's Landless Workers Movement: Friends of the MST

Brecher, Jeremy, et al. Globalization From Below. Boston: South End Press, 2000.

Brief History of Political Cartooning

Bringing Down a Dictator

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Camp, Stephanie M.H. Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South. University of North Carolina P, 2004.

Carrigan, William D. The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916. U of Illinois P, 2004.

Carson, Clayborne, et al, eds. The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle. NY: Penguin, 1991.

Castells, Manuel. The Power of Identity. Volume II: The Information Age. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003.

Cities, Art, and Recovery: What Comes After?

Civil Rights Movement Timeline

Coates, Ken S. A Global History of Indigenous Peoples: Struggles and Survival Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.

Cohn, Elizabeth. Wal-Mart: An Interdisciplinary College Curriculum

Coleman, Kate. The Secret Wars of Judi Bari: A Car Bomb, the Fight for the Redwoods, and the End of Earth First! San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2005.

The Corporation (Documentary)

Cox, Oliver C. Capitalism as a System. NY: Monthly Review Press, 1964.

Croucher, Sheila. Globalization and Belonging: The Politics of Identity in a Changing World. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.

Cunningham, David. There's Something Happening Here: The New Left, The Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence. University of California Press, 2005.

Davis, Colin J. Waterfront Revolts: New York and London Dockworkers, 1946–61. Urbana: University of Illinois Press 2003.

The Design of Dissent

Difficult Dialogues: Promoting Pluralism and Academic Freedom on Campus (Ford Foundation)

Dubois, Laurent. A Colony of Citizens: Revolution & Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787–1804. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

---. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Duncombe, Stephen. Cultural Resistance Reader. NY: Verso, 2002.

Eastman, W. Dean and Kevin McGrath. "These Names Had Life and Meaning: Students document antebellum African American civic engagement." Common-Place 5.3 (April 2005)

Echols, Alice. Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975.

European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration

Evans, Sara M., ed. Journeys That Opened the World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955–1975. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Eyes Wide Open: An Exhibition on the Human Cost of the Iraq War

Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. NY: Grove Press, 1966.

Feenberg, Andrew and Jim Freedman. When Poetry Ruled the Streets: The French May Events of 1968. Albany, NY: SUNY, 2001.

A Force More Powerful: Using Nonviolent Conflict to Achieve Democracy and Human Rights

Freedom on My Mind [Documentary]

Freeway Blogger

Galano, Ann Maria and Sebastio Salgado. Land Hungry in Brazil (UNESCO Photo Essay)

Gandhi's Salt March (History Channel: also an archive of 50 of Gandhi's speeches)

Gardner, Morgan. Linking Activism: Ecology, Social Justice, and Education for Social Change. NY: Routledge, 2005.

Gelinas, Jacques B. Juggernaut Politics: Understanding Predatory Globalization. London & New York: Zed Books 2003.

Giraffe Heroes Project

Glasbeek, Harry. Wealth by Stealth — Corporate Crime, Corporate Law and the Perversion of Democracy Toronto: Between the Lines 2002.

The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It

Government Accountability Project

Graffiti & Street Art (European)

Granville, Johanna. "'Caught With Jam On Our Fingers': Radio Free Europe and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956." Diplomatic History 29.5 (November 2005): 811-840.

Gray, Patty A. The Predicament of Chukotka's Indigenous Movement: Post-Soviet Activism in the Russian Far-North. Cambridge UP, 2005.

Gregory, Sam. "Transnational Storytelling: Human Rights, WITNESS, and Video Advocacy." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 195-204.

Halper, Stefan and Jonathan Clarke. America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Halstead, Fred. Out Now: A Participant's Account of the Movement in the United States Against the Vietnam War. Achor Foundation, 1991.

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire. NY: The Penguin Press, 2004.

Harlan County, U.S.A.

Hearts and Minds

Hellin, John and Sophie Higman. Feeding the Market: South American Farmers, Trade and Globalization. London: ITDG Publishing 2003.

Heywood, Leslie, ed. The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism. Greenwood Press, 2005.

Horn, Jeff. "Machine-breaking in England and France during the Age of Revolution." Labour/Le Travail #55 (Spring 2005)

How the Terminator (Gene) Terminates: An explanation for the non-scientist of a remarkable patent for killing second generation seeds of crop plants

Human & Constitutional Rights: U.S. States and Territories

Human & Constitutional Rights: U.S. Documents

Human Rights in Brazil Reports 2003/2004>

Humphrey, Thomas J. Land and Liberty: Hudson Valley Riots in the Age of Revolution. Northern Illinois UP, 2004.

International Union of Sex Workers

Iron Jawed Angels

Important Documents about Liberty

Jacobs, Dale, ed. The Myles Horton Reader: Education for Social Change. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2003.

Justice John Marshall Harlan's Great Dissent

Kaplan, Temma. Anarchists of Andalusia, 1868-1903. Princeton University Press, 1977.

---. Crazy for Democracy: Women in Grassroots Movements. NY: Routledge, 1996.

---. Red City, Blue Period: Social Movements in Picasso's Barcelona Berkeley: University of California, 1993.

---. Taking Back the Streets: Women, Youth, and Direct Democracy Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press 2004.

Kaufman, Cynthia. Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change. Boston: South End Press, 2003.

Kentucky Fairness Campaign

King, Martin Luther, Jr. I Have a Dream (1963)

Klein, Naomi. No Fences, No Borders: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate. NY: Picador, 2002.

Kunstler, William. Politics on Trial: Five Famous Trials of the 20th Century. Ocean Press, 2003: 130 pages.

Kurlansky, Mark. 1968: The Year That Rocked the World. NY: Ballantine Books, 2003.

Labour/Le Travail [Journal: Available Online]

Land: And How It Gets That Way

Larmer, Miles. "Unrealistic Expectations?: Zambia'z Mineworkers From Independence to the One-Party State, 1964-1972." Journal of Historical Sociology 18.4 (December 2005): 318-352.

Lasn, Kalle. Culture Jam. Quill, 2000: 215 pages

Last Chance for Animals

Lechner, Frank J. and John Boli, eds. The Globalization Reader. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003.

Leistyna, Pepi, ed. Cultural Studies: From Theory to Action. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Linebaugh, Peter and Marcus Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.

LiP Magazine (Summer 2005 issue) “The ‘Constructively Negative’ Sacred Cows Issue [Constructive critiques of social movements]

Martinez-Alier, Joan. “’Environmental Justice’ (Local and Global).” The Cultures of Globalization. Eds. Fredric Jameson and Masao Miyoshi. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998: 312-326.


McCarthy, Timothy Patrick and John McMillian, eds. The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the Radical American Tradition. NY: The New Press, 2003.

McKeen, Wendy. Money in Their Own Name: The Feminist Voice in Poverty Debate in Canada, 1970–1995. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2004.

McLagan, Meg. "Introduction: Making Human Rights Claims Public." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 191-195.

Media Coalition

Merry, Sally Engle. "Transnational Human Rights and Local Activism: Mapping the Middle." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 38-51.

Mertes, Tom. A Movements of Movements: Is Another World Possible? NY: Verso, 2004.

Meyer, David S. Social Movements: Identity, Culture, and the State. NY: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty (1860)

Mitchell, Don and Lynn A. Stahelli. "Permitting Dissent: Parsing the Fine Geography of Dissent in America." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 29.4 (December 2005): 796-813

Mixon, Gregory. The Atlanta Riot: Race, Class, and Violence in a New South City. UP of Florida, 2005.

Munck, Ronaldo, ed., Labour and Globalisation: Results and Prospects Liverpool: Liverpool University Press 2004.


Nash, John C., ed. Social Movements: An Athropological Reader. Blackwell, 2005.

National Coalition Against Censorship

National Whistleblower Center

Network of Sex Work Projects

Newman, Paul Douglas. Fries Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution. U of Pennsylvania P, 2004.

Noddings, Nel. “Global Citizenship: Promises and Problems” and “Place-Based Education to Preserve the Earth and Its People” Educating Citizens for Global Awareness. Ed. Nel Noddings. NY: Columbia University Press/Teachers College Press, 2005: 1-22; 57-69.

Notes From Nowhere Collective. We are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism. NY: Verso, 2003. [Available online]

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Orwell Rolls in His Grave

Peace: Historical Movements

Peace: Theory and Action

Pestana, Carla Gardina. The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640-1661. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Petras, James and Henry Veltmeyer. System in Crisis: The Dynamics of Free Market Capitalism Fernwood, 2003.

Pojmann, Wendy. "Emancipation or Liberation?: Women's Associations and the Italian Liberation Movement." The Historian 67.1 (March 2005): 73-96.

Pope, Jim. "Worker Lawmaking, Sit-Down Strikes, and the Shaping of American Industrial Relations, 1935–1958." Law and History Review 24.1 (Spring 2006)

Project on Government Oversight

Public Citizen

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Rael, Patrick. "Free Black Activism in the Antebellum North." The History Teacher 39.2 (February 2006)

Roddick, Anita. Take It Personally: How To Make Conscious Choices to Change the World. Red Wheel/Weiser, 2002.

Roots of Resistance: The Story of the Underground Railroad

Rowlands, Mark. Animals Like Us. Verso, 2002

Roy, Arundhati. An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire. Boston: South End Press, 2004.

Rudnick, Lois P., et al. American Identities: An Introductory Textbook. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006. [Source documents of American 20th Century social movements.]

Sakolsky, Ron and Fred Wei-Han Ho. Sounding Off: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 1995.

Shaw, Randy. The Activist’s Handbook. Berkely: University of California Press, 2001.

Sierra Club

Sir, No Sir

Sklair, Leslie. “Social Movements and Global Capital.” The Cultures of Globalization. Eds. Fredric Jameson and Masao Miyoshi. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998: 291-311.

Snodgrass, Michael. Deference and Defiance in Monterrey: Workers, Paternalism, and Revolution in Mexico, 1890–1950. New York: Cambridge University Press 2003.

Snow, David A. The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004.

Solnit, David. Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World. San Francisco, CA: City Lights Publishers, 2003.

Sowards, Adam M. "William O. Douglas's Wilderness Politics: Public Protest and Committees of Correspondence in the Pacific Northwest" The Western Historical Quarterly 37.1 (Spring 2006)

Speed, Shannon. "At the Crossroads of Human Rights and Anthropology: Toward a Critically Engaged Activist Research." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 66-76.

Stone, Daniel ed. Jewish Radicalism In Winnipeg, 1905–1960: Jewish Life and Times, Volume VIII Winnipeg: Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada 2002.

Stonebanks, Roger. Fighting for Dignity: The Ginger Goodwin Story. St. John's: Canadian Committee on Labour History 2004.


Striffler, Steve. In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900–1995. Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2002.

Sunstein, Cass. Why Societies Need Dissent. Harvard UP, 2003.

Tétreault, Mary Ann and Robin L. Teske, eds. Partial Truths and the Politics of Community. (Feminist Approaches to Social Movements, Community, and Power: Volume II) Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2003.

They Created the First Modern Agenda for Liberty: The "Levellers" in 17th Century England

Thirst (documentary)

Thoreau, Henry David. Civil Disobedience (1849)

Tilly, Charles. Social Movements, 1768-2004. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2004.

Torchin, Leshu. "Ravished Armenia: Visual Media, Humanitarian Advocacy, and the Formation of Witnessing Publics." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 214-220.

Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger

---. To the Person Sitting in Darkness...

---. The War Prayer

Vienet, Rene. Enrages and Situationists in the Occupation Movement, France, 1968. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 1992.

Wage Peace Campaign

Wal-Mart Watch

The War At Home

Wasn't That a Time: A Century of Struggle (Photo-Essay)

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

Wesolowsky, Tony. Fear of the Polish Plumber In These Times (April 13, 2006) [Protests of European Union labor policies]

Winter Soldier

Wooster Collective

Wright, Angus and Wendy Wolford. To Inherit the Earth: The Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil. Oakland, CA: Food First Books, 2003.

---. "Now It is Time: The MST and Grassroots Land Reform in Brazil"

Wrigley, Chris. British Trade Unions since 1933. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002.

Yates, Michael D. Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy. New York: Monthly Review Press 2003.

---. Why Unions Matter. NY: Monthly Review Press, 1998.

Zerubavel, Eviatar. Social Mindscapes. Harvard UP, 1998

Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present. NY: Perennial Classics, 1999.

Zinn, Howard and Anthony Arnove, ed. Voices of a People’s History of the United States. NY: Seven Stories Press, 2004. [Original source documents of the histories from Zinn’s landmark history.]


Rebecca Glasscock said...

I have a copy of "Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in An Unjust World" edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 2002. Rethinking Schools Press.

Thivai Abhor said...

That's one of the few on the list I don't own, have checked out, or read before...

I would like to check it out :)

I used to subscribe to rethinking schools, and still to radical teacher

Thivai Abhor said...

Thanks Rebecca

Ravenmn said...

Came here via Woods Lot. You should try "Out Now; A Participant's Account of the Movement in the United States Against the Vietnam War" by Fred Halstead. It is a very "inside" look at some of the new left political groupings.

The publisher is currently out of print, but here is their web page for it:


Ravenmn said...

Also, "Daring to Be Bad" by Alice Echols, published by the University of Minnesota press was an excellent read on the women's movement. Sorry my links don't seem to work. Here's the addy:


Thivai Abhor said...

Thanks Ravenmn,

They look like very good books, I've included them and will check them out.

Ana Lopes said...

I've been involved in an action research project within an emergent social movement that is never (or very rarely)discussed in academia: the movement for sex workers rights. The project led to sex workers' labour organisation in the UK. See www.iusw.org, www.nswp.org, www.sexworkeurope.org
i'm writing a book about the project and the movement. it should be published later this year.

Thivai Abhor said...

Thank you Ana,

I visited the sites and have been aware of this movement in the past--I appreciate you bringing it to my attention and I will include it in the developing list.

I'm a review editor for Reconstruction (see my links on the right hand side of the page), so when you publish your book let me know and I will get it reviewed in our journal.