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Author Effler, Erika Summers.

Title Laughing saints and righteous heroes : emotional rhythms in social movement groups / Erika Summers Effler
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press Chicago and London, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 237 pages) : illustrations
Series Morality and society series
Morality and society.
Contents Introduction : how do chronically failing altruistic social movement groups persist? -- Thrilling risk attracts involvement -- Recovering from failure carves paths to action -- Evolving emotional histories shape styles of persistence -- Conclusion : toward a fluid theory of social organization
Summary Why do people keep fighting for social causes in the face of consistent failure? Why do they risk their physical, emotional and financial safety on behalf of strangers? To explore these questions, the author undertook ethnographic fieldwork with two groups: anti death penalty activists and Catholics who strive to alleviate poverty
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Altruism.
Social groups.
Social movements -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226188671 (electronic bk.)
9780226188676 (electronic bk.)