- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019062471X
- ISBN-13: 978-0190624712
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"McAlevey's decades as a labor and community organizer means that she knows what organizers do, or should do. This book lifts the lessons McAlevey takes from that craft into the intellectual realm of power and politics. This book is for anyone who wants a democratic society in which ordinary people share power." -- Frances Fox Piven, author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America
"Jane McAlevey is a deeply experienced, uncommonly reflective organizer. In No Shortcuts, McAlevey stresses the distinction between mobilizing and organizing and examines how systematic conflation of the two has reflected and reinforced the labor movement's decline over recent decades. More than a how-to manual for organizers, No Shortcuts is a serious, grounded rumination on building working-class power. It is a must read for everyone concerned with social justice in the US." -- Adolph Reed, Jr., Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
"Jane McAlevey is one of the few analysts of social movements today who takes class power and class struggle seriously. McAlevey understands their ineluctable concreteness and force from years of organizing democratic unions that have effectively battled powerful corporations. This is a book for citizens and activists--but also for students and scholars of social movements--who want to understand how the world can and has been changed for the better." -- Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology, New York University
"Whether it is Black Lives Matter, climate change, feeling the Bern, or worker rights, success hinges on the ability to build real and sustainable power. Jane McAlevey gives us both a practical guide and a set of underlying principles to understand how organizing matters more than any other available strategy to grow power, and, what it means to organize. A must read for anyone hoping to create a better world." -- Dan Clawson, Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
"For those of us grappling with the near-overwhelming difficulties of the 'how-to' of changing our workplaces, communities, and society, No Shortcuts is an invaluable resource." --Jacobin
About the Author
Jane F. McAlevey is a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. A longtime organizer in the environmental and labor movements, she is the author of "Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement" (Verso).
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No Shortcuts is an excellent companion to Jane's memoire "Raising Expectations and Raising Hell", but where Raising Expectations relies on her own story to illustrate fighting strategies, No Shortcuts draws on a broad range of struggles from past and present.
I am not a union organizer, but these strategies are relevant to anyone interested in building high-participation organizations of everyday people capable of fighting and winning against the bosses and 1%.
There is a lot of disinformation and misunderstanding out there regarding what people are of capable of and how to unlock that potential. These skills are not innate but they can be taught. It will not happen spontaneously but we can make it happen through planning, analysis and face-to-face connections.
Buy, share and teach No Shortcuts in your organization today!
No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age
An exciting read - and great story telling about real everyday people. But most importantly it's an invaluable guide for all social justice organizers on how to truly build people power that can win the progressive future we need.
A great companion read to Ms. McAlevey's terrific "Raising Expectations". Highly recommended.
Though sharp and unrelenting in her criticism of today's movement, McAlevey also shares a hopeful view of what we need to do to fight for a just society.