Rhyming Hope and History: Activists, Academics, and Social Movement Scholarship

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David Croteau, William Hoynes, Charlotte Ryan
U of Minnesota Press, 2005 - Social Science - 296 pages
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Rhyming Hope and History exposes the frayed relations between activism and social movement scholarship and examines the causes and consequences of this disconnect between theory and practice. Both scholars and activists explore solutions, weighing the promise and perils of engaged theory and the barriers to meaningful collaboration. This volume asserts that partnerships among scholars and activists benefit both academic inquiry and social change efforts. 

Contributors: Kevin M. Carragee, Suffolk U; Catherine Corrigall-Brown, U of California, Irvine; Myra Marx Ferree, U of Wisconsin, Madison; Richard Flacks, U of California, Santa Barbara; Adria D. Goodson; Richard Healy and Sandra Hinson, Grassroots Policy Project; David Meyer, U of California, Irvine; Cynthia Peters, Worker Education Program of the Service Employees International Union, Local 2020; Barbara Risman, North Carolina State U; Robert J. S. Ross, Clark U; Leila J. Rupp, U of California, Santa Barbara; Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation; Valerie Sperling, Clark U; David A. Snow, U of California, Irvine; Verta Taylor, U of California, Santa Barbara. 

David Croteau is formerly associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. William Hoynes is professor of sociology and director of media studies at Vassar College. Charlotte Ryan is codirector of the Media Research and Action Project at Boston College. William A. Gamson is professor of sociology at Boston College.

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David Croteau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he teaches courses on the sociology of media. He is the author of "Politics and the Class Divide: Working People and the Middle-Class Left".

William Hoynes is Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Media Studies Program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he teaches courses on media, culture, and social theory. He is the author of "Public Television for Sale: Media, the Market, " "and the Public Sphere. "


Croteau and Hoynes are the coauthors of "By Invitation Only: How the Media Limit Political Debate "(1994) and "The Business of Media: Corporate Media and the Public Interest "(2006). Their new introductory sociology textbook, "Experience Sociology", will be published in 2012.

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