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Political Activists in America: The Identity Construction Model of Political Participation

Nathan Teske

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ISBN 10: 0271035463 / ISBN 13: 9780271035468
Published by Penn State University Press
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Paperback. 180 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.5in.Through vivid portrayals of political activists, Political Activists in America offers a fresh analysis of why people become involved in politics. Based on interviews with environmental, social justice, and pro-life activists, the book argues, contrary to both popular opinion and the main approaches of political science, that active involvement in politics can be deeply fulfilling to the individual. The identity construction approach is the core of the books argument and shows how activists value political involvement for themselves. The book argues against approaches that see politics as an inherently costly or unpleasant activity. In contrast, the identity construction approach sees political activism as enabling activists to become people whom they would otherwise have been unable to become. The construction of identity for all activists is both about morality and about what one wants for oneself, and hence it illustrates shortcomings in approaches that divide motivations into either the self-interested or the altruistic. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780271035468

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Title: Political Activists in America: The Identity...

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Binding: Paperback

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Through vivid portrayals of political activists, Political Activists in America offers a fresh analysis of why people become involved in politics. Based on interviews with environmental, social justice, and pro-life activists, the book argues, contrary to both popular opinion and the main approaches of political science, that active involvement in politics can be deeply fulfilling to the individual. The identity construction approach is the core of the book's argument and shows how activists value political involvement for themselves.

The book argues against approaches that see politics as an inherently costly or unpleasant activity. In contrast, the identity construction approach sees political activism as enabling activists to become people whom they would otherwise have been unable to become. The construction of identity for all activists is both about morality and about what one wants for oneself, and hence it illustrates shortcomings in approaches that divide motivations into either the "self-interested" or the "altruistic."

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Based on interviews with environmental, social justice and pro-life activists, the book argues that active involvement in politics can be deeply fulfilling. This argument is developed through the "identity construction" approach to political participation. Against the view that political participation is inherently unpleasant, this approach argues that politics can have intrinsic rewards. Political involvement enables activists to become someone that they otherwise would not have been able to become.

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