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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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Critical Alliances

Critical Alliances

Intersecting National Coalitions

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(p.141) 7 Critical Alliances
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The Price of Progressive Politics
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Rose Ernst

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722480.003.0007

This concluding chapter studies the translation of the frames outlined in chapters 3, 4, and 5 to national coalition-building processes. National coalitions offer unique organizing opportunities and perils inaccessible at the state and local level. The different perspectives of women of color and white activists are invaluable to the development of a social movement. However, when these perspectives reflect the privilege and power of distinct groups along the axes of race, class, and gender within movements and between movements, they must be acknowledged, openly discussed, and evaluated in terms of impact on the leadership of the movement. If this is not accomplished, the movement will fragment into competing factions and undermine its own goals.

Keywords:   national coalitions, women of color, white activists, social movement, national coalition-building processes

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