Organizing at the Grassroots

Organizing at the Grassroots

The grass-roots organizing of the 1970s is an ambitious and at least partially successful effort to bring working-class women and men into the political arena as organized, self-conscious actors. The organizations that provide structure and direction to this “movement” are indeed somewhat precarious, often staff-dominated, and highly dependent on immediate victories. As Michael Walzer points out, the structure of the American welfare state pushes them toward traditional interest-group roles. Welfare bureaucrats are both familiar and comfortable with interest-group demands; they, like Walzer, see community and labor organizations as small collectivities asking only their “due” from the system.”…

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Duggan | University of California Press Gardels