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Amenta, Edwin 1957-

Works: 30 works in 69 publications in 1 language and 3,049 library holdings
Genres: History  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: JA76, 361.610973
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Most widely held works by Edwin Amenta
Bold relief : institutional politics and the origins of modern American social policy by Edwin Amenta( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When movements matter : the Townsend plan and the rise of social security by Edwin Amenta( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on a wealth of primary evidence, historical detail, and arresting images, Edwin Amenta traces the ups and downs of the Townsend Plan and its elderly leader Dr. Francis E. Townsend in the struggle to remake old age. In the process, Amenta advances a new theory of when social movements are influential."--Jacket
The Wiley-Blackwell companion to political sociology by Alan Scott( Book )

24 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology is a complete reference guide, reflecting the scope and quality of the discipline, and highlighting emerging topics in the field. Global in focus, offering up-to-date topics from an interdisciplinary, international set of scholars addressing key issues concerning globalization, social movements, and citizenship The majority of chapters are new, including those on environmental politics, international terrorism, security, corruption, and human rights Revises and updates all
The Blackwell companion to political sociology by Kate Nash( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology brings together thirty-eight original essays covering the wide inter-disciplinary field of political sociology.:.; Represents the most comprehensive overview available in the field of political sociology.:.; Covers traditional questions as well as emerging topics including recent debates on gender, citizenship, and political identity.:.; Includes detailed editorial introduction, abstracts, further reading lists, and a consolidated bibliography
The remaking of federal abstinence policy in local community organizations by Amie Hess( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstinence is currently our nation's de facto sex education policy. But what is abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education? What is the impact of federal abstinence-only sex education policy on the construction of gender and sexuality among American youth? I argue that sex education is a key site for understanding critical shifts in the content, funding, and delivery of American social policies. Drawing on two years of ethnography in two community-based abstinence-only sex education providers and interviews with twenty one additional abstinence-only providers, my research examines the mechanisms by which federal abstinence policy is remade at the local level. Through processes of discursive and practical translation, providers use multiple strategies to make abstinence education work in their communities. Local providers express a profound ambivalence regarding abstinence-only sex education which they carry over into their programmatic structure, working to find ways to minimize troubling themes in the national-level pro-abstinence discourse. Turning to a detailed examination of localized implementation practices in two abstinence organizations, I find that while local abstinence programs diverge in their negotiated constructions of sex and gender, they ultimately converge to reinforce a heterosexual norm and feminize the work of sexual responsibility. Adolescents also play an active, though mitigated, role in negotiating gendered meanings. Factors including organizational philosophy, staffing patterns, and programmatic approach impact patterns of convergence and divergence in organizational practices. This research suggests that while interpretative room is available in the new state spaces that emerged under devolutionary governance strategies, these spaces remain institutionally constrained in ways that reproduce disempowering gendered expectations
Movements in conflict: The Christian antigay movement vs. the lesbian and gay movement by Tina Fetner( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work examines the interactions of opposing movements over time. By looking historically at one pair of opposing movements, I locate the interactive dynamics of their activism. The cases under review are the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement and the Christian antigay movement in the United States. I argue that opposing movements are a unique form of opposition, which interact with movement actors in a shared political context to impact the actions and statements of activists. Because opposing movements do not negotiate with each other directly, they form a unique relationship in which each side uses the other to make demands on third parties, such as the state, corporate policy makers, or a public audience. Interactions that develop between opposing movements in contests over policy issues shape the claims, strategies and organizations of each side. These two movements have grown and expanded along side each other, always in conflict but never experiencing an ultimate victory. Opposing movements' interactions both constrain and enable political action for organizations in the opposing camp. My analysis relies upon archival material from lesbian and gay historical societies and archives across the country as well as secondary historical materials to track the shifts within the lesbian and gay movement caused by the emergence of the Christian antigay countermovement, the interactive impact of each movement on the other, and cultural contests over symbols such as family, God and freedom in activists' claims. I draw on the insights of the social movements literature to evaluate the impact that one opposing movement has on the other, and I find that although countermovements actively work to hinder the progress of their opponent, their actions often have unintended consequences which effectively help their opponent
Knocking on the door: The national politics of housing and racial segregation in the United States by Chris Bonastia( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation contrasts the establishment of affirmative action in employment with the failure of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to establish aggressive, race-conscious policies attacking residential segregation. While recounting the involvement of the federal government in race and housing from Reconstruction to the current day, this research focuses on the Nixon Administration. During this time, a newly passed fair housing law, increased governmental involvement in housing production, and a body of court decisions supporting bold measures by civil rights agencies provided an unparalleled window of opportunity for the federal government to address this important policy issue. Making use of previously untapped archival sources from HUD and the Nixon Presidential Materials, this dissertation argues that the key to understanding the divergent outcomes in housing and employment is consideration of these policies' "institutional homes," which have both direct and mediating effects on policy development. Bureaucrats in the employment bureaucracies had singular missions and clear career incentives to devise aggressive approaches to employment discrimination. In contrast, the fair housing staff at HUD found itself in a disjointed bureaucracy comprised of many formerly independent agencies with multiple missions. A disadvantaged institutional home, like that faced by HUD's fair housing staff, will tend to: encourage policy feedback that constrains rather than enables aggressive action; dilute the impact of institutional activists; increase the threat of Presidential sanctions; and enhance the risk of "delegitimation" by other political actors and the media. This dissertation illustrates how HUD fell prey to these dangers, as scandals at the Federal Housing Administration gave President Nixon the political justification to freeze housing funds and consequently derail the agency's desegregation efforts
Interests in contexts and institutional democracy: The politics of abortion policy in liberal welfare states, 1950--2000 by Drew T Halfmann( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These differences are best explained by the power and priorities of organized medicine, feminists and abortion movement organizations, but these were strongly mediated by political institutions and the policy legacies of existing health care systems. Organized medicine in all three countries wished to maintain its discretion over abortion decisions, but American organized medicine made only minimal efforts to do so. This was because its historical priority was the preservation of a private medical system and because the movement to repeal abortion laws coincided with credible attempts to establish national health insurance. In addition, American federalism resulted in an incremental policy-making process which facilitated interaction between abortion reform and a broader feminist agenda
Sexual orientation policy, protest, and the state by Mary Bernstein( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part I examines the historical development of the lesbian and gay movement nationally and the emergence of the anti-lesbian and anti-gay opposition. Part II in turn looks at the strategies chosen by lesbian and gay activists seeking to pass lesbian and gay rights ordinances in four states with distinct political settings. Part III first examines the effect of those strategies on policy outcomes and on the social movements in each of the four states. Secondly, Part III assesses the relative importance of social movement characteristics and structural features of the state in determining policy outcomes by looking quantitatively across the fifty American states at the passage of lesbian and gay rights ordinances and the decriminalization of private consensual sodomy between adults
From the streets to the voting booth and back: Contexts, institutions, and political participation in American cities, 1979--2003 by Neal Caren( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to participate in local politics? This dissertation explores the multiple ways that residents engage in politics, from the conventional routine of voting, to organized protest and the more spontaneous eruptions of political outrage. The first section analyzes a data set of 332 mayoral elections held in 38 cities between 1978 and 2003 collected for this project. Using pooled time series analysis, I find that socioeconomic differences explain little of the variation in turnout; rather, the structure of city government and its electoral procedures, along with the competitiveness of the campaigns, explain much of the variation. A high density of civic organizations slightly increases turnout, largely by increasing the competitiveness of elections. Candidate race and ethnicity also drives turnout, with interracial and interethnic competitions having higher rates of voter participation
Market regulation and government provision: Social welfare policy and health care reform at the state level, 1985--1995 by Claire Marie Fratello( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the late eighties and early nineties states were extremely active in health care reform. As in many other areas, states varied widely in the extent to which they adopted health care reforms. Sociological theory has focused on several theoretical frameworks to explain the adoption of social welfare policy, including socioeconomic and need factors, interest group influence, and institutional and political characteristics of states
Professor baseball : searching for redemption and the perfect lineup on the softball Diamonds of Central Park by Edwin Amenta( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It happens every summer: packs of beer-bellied men with gloves and aluminum bats, putting their middle-aged bodies to the test on the softball diamond. For some, this yearly ritual is driven by a simple desire to enjoy a good ballgame; for others, it's a way to forge friendships--and rivalries. But for one short, wild-haired, bespectacled professor, playing softball in New York's Central Park means a whole lot more. It's one last chance to heal the nagging wounds of Little League trauma before the rust of decline and the relentless responsibilities of fatherhood set in. Professor Baseball is the coming-of-middle-age story of New York University professor and Little League benchwarmer Edwin Amenta. As rookie manager of the Performing Arts Softball League's doormat Sharkeys, he reverses softball's usual brawn-over-brains formula. He coaxes his skeptical teammates to follow his sabermetric and sociological approach, based equally on Bill James and Max Weber, which in the heady days of early success he dubs "Eddy Ball." But Amenta soon learns that his teammates' attachments to favorite positions and time-honored (if ineffective) strategies are hard to break--especially when the team begins losing. And though he rejects the baseball-as-life metaphor, life keeps intruding on his softball season. Amenta here comes to grips with the humiliation of assisted reproduction, suffers mysterious ailments, and finds himself lingering at the sponsor's bar, while his partner, a beautiful but baseball-challenged professor, second-guesses his book in the making. Can he turn his team--and his life--around? Packed with colorful personalities, dramatic games, and the bustle of New York life, Professor Baseball will charm anyone who has ever root, root, rooted for the underdog."--Jacket
Research methods by Edwin Amenta( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Redefining the new deal: world War II and the development of social provision in the United States by Edwin Amenta( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Taking exception : explaining the distinctiveness of American public policies in the last century by Edwin Amenta( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

US Social Policy in Comparative and Historical Perspective: Concepts, Images, Arguments, and Research Strategies( )

1 edition published in 2001 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From quiet concern to controversy : the transformation of Aid to Dependent Children, 1935-1967 by Nancy K Cauthen( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In addition to highlighting the role of federal bureaucrats in ADC's transformation, the study also situates the program's development among that of other U.S. social welfare programs, including Old-Age Assistance, Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (i.e., "social security"), and general assistance. The study concludes that ADC's fate as a highly-politicized and controversial policy was over determined, although not inherent in the program's beginnings
The legislative, organizational, and beneficiary consequences of state-oriented challengers by Edwin Amenta( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology : The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology by Edwin Amenta( )

1 edition published in 2012 in Undetermined and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Players and arenas : the interactive dynamics of protest by Jan Willem Duyvendak( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Players and Arenas brings together a diverse group of experts to examine the interactions between political protestors and the many strategic players they encounter, such as cultural institutions, religious organizations, and the mass media as well as potential allies, competitors, recruits, and funders. Discussing protestors and players as they interact within the arenas of specific social contexts, the essays show that the main constraints on what protestors can accomplish come not from social and political structures, but from other players with different goals and interests. Through a careful treatment of these situations, this volume offers a new way to approach the role of social protest in national and international politics. --
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Bold relief : institutional politics and the origins of modern American social policy
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Edwin Amenta American sociologist

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When movements matter : the Townsend plan and the rise of social security