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Strategies for Social Change$
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Gregory M. Maney, Rachel V. Kutz-Flamenbaum, and Deana A. Rohlinger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672899

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672899.001.0001

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Choice Points, Emotional Batteries, and Other Ways to Find Strategic Agency at the Microlevel

Choice Points, Emotional Batteries, and Other Ways to Find Strategic Agency at the Microlevel

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(p.23) 2 Choice Points, Emotional Batteries, and Other Ways to Find Strategic Agency at the Microlevel
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Strategies for Social Change
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James M. Jasper

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672899.003.0002

This chapter addresses the microlevel mechanisms through which activists creatively make decisions. It initially looks at the interplay between players’ projects and the constraints facing them, stating that effort and constraint, or agency and structure must be studied together. The world of strategy is a thoroughly cultural world which requires a better understanding of rhetoric and performance, for rhetoric is a way to emphasize agency and purpose without losing sight of constraints. Strategy includes goals; a realistic strategic approach presupposes diverse motives to be determined practically rather than posited deductively. The chapter examines two types of microlevel mechanisms that might help explain strategic agency: choice points and emotional batteries.

Keywords:   microlevel mechanisms, rhetoric, constraints, strategic agency, choice points, emotional batteries

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