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The Price of Progressive PoliticsThe Welfare Rights Movement in an Era of Colorblind Racism$
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Rose Ernst

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722480

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722480.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Price of Progressive Politics

Rose Ernst

NYU Press

This introductory chapter presents the organization of the book as it examines the dynamics of movements situated at the intersections of marginalized axes of race, gender, and class. By definition, these movements are confronted with cross-cutting issues and images that “disproportionately and directly affect only certain segments of a marginal group.” First, it examines whether the historical development of discourse by the women's movement about women and work, in terms of race, gender, and class intersectionality, shaped the way contemporary welfare rights activists respond to the cross-cutting issues embodied in welfare politics. Second, it explores how contemporary realities of colorblind racism and intersectionality influence activists' willingness to engage with issues of race and class embedded at the core of welfare politics.

Keywords:   social movements, women's movement, welfare politics, colorblind racism, intersectionality

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