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Moved to Action : Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics / Hahrie C. Han.

Author/Creator:
Han, Hahrie C., author., Author,
Publication:
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (208 pages)
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Equality -- United States.
Motivation (Psychology) -- Political aspects -- United States.
People with social disabilities -- Political activity -- United States.
Political participation -- United States.
Poor -- Political activity -- United States.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Wealthy, educated, and more privileged people are more likely to participate and be represented in politics than their poorer, less educated, and less privileged counterparts. To reduce these inequalities, we need a better understanding of how the disadvantaged become motivated to participate. Moved to Action fills the current gap in this area of research by examining the commitments and pathways through which the underprivileged become engaged in politics. Drawing on original, in-depth interviews with political activists and large-scale survey data, author Hahrie C. Han contests the traditional idea that people must be politicized before they participate, and that only idiosyncratic factors outside the control of the political system can drive motivation. Her findings show that that highly personal commitments, such as the quality of children's education or the desire to help a friend, have a disproportionately large impact in motivating political participation among people with fewer resources. Han makes the case that civic and political organizations can lay the foundation for greater citizen participation by helping people recognize the connections between their personal commitments and politics.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
chapter 1. The Challenge of Political Equality
chapter 2. Theoretical Foundations
chapter 3. Issue Publics and the Distribution of Political Motivation
chapter 4. An Empirical Look at Issue Publics and Participation
chapter 5. Pathways to Participation
chapter 6. Looking Ahead
appendix a. Issue Public Measures from the 1980, 1984, 1996, 2000, and 2004 American National Election Studies
appendix born Comparison of Variables from the 1990 American Citizen Participation Study and the 1996 American National Election Study
appendix c. Interview Protocol for the 2008 Study of Political Pathways
appendix d. The 2003 National Purpose, Local Action Study
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780804772440
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780804772440 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.