Ecologism

cc136 at cornell.edu cc136 at cornell.edu
Tue Dec 11 21:09:47 MST 2001


	Just came across a recently published book "Coalitions across the
Class Divide: Lessons from the Labor, Peace, and Environmental Movements"
by Fred Rose.
	I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but here's some reviews (which
lead me to believe the framework isn't necessarily marxist):

>From the Publisher
                    Too often struggles for jobs and economic justice
have been divided from social goals such as peace or protecting the
environment. How do we create an economy where both the process and product
of work serve life-sustaining goals? Coalitions across the Class Divide
argues that the seeds of this new society are being sown by those who
learn to bridge working and middle-class movements and cultures. A new
generation of activists is seizing a historic opportunity to
organize coalitions across the labor, peace, environmental, and other
movements that have previously worked in isolation or at odds.

                    Fred Rose brings the challenges and potential of
coalition organizing to life through an in-depth look at cases of
conflict and cooperation. From the timber wars in the Pacific Northwest
to military conversion coalitions emerging with the end of the Cold War,
these cases teach practical lessons about the processes and pitfalls of
organizing across movements and classes.

>From Library Journal
                    Since the 1960s, labor, environmental, and peace
groups have clashed over jobs, defense contracts, and efforts to preserve
the environment. Are these groups to remain divided, or do they possess
elements that could lead to new and powerful political coalitions? Rose
(urban and environmental policy, Tufts Univ.) sees opportunities
for the latter view. Combining theories of class politics with cases
studies, he surveys the problems and possibilities of forging working- and
middle-class coalitions around peace, environmental protection, and
economic security.
                    Opening with an excellent discussion of the elements
of cross-class interactions, he then presents case studies based on
interviews with loggers, environmentalists, peace advocates, and
defense workers about the history of cross-class political alliances. He
ultimately sees great chances for cross-class coalitions among labor and
environmental activists than for labor and peaceniks. But he's still
optimistic. Well researched and cogently argued, this is worth reading
alongside Community Activism and Feminist Politics (Routledge, 1997) and
The Struggle for Ecological Democracy (Guilford, 1998).

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