The Politics of Common Sense
How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance
Deva R. Woodly
Reviews and Awards
"The Politics of Common Sense offers an intriguing example of theory building around the potential of social movements to influence political decision making in the US. Woodly (The New School) argues that movements ultimately compete in the arena of public discourse, and public discourse also represents a vital resource to mobilize. This thoughtful and insightful work is recommended for students of social movements and American public policy making."-D. R. Imig, University of Memphis
"In this timely and engaging book, Deva Woodly offers a fascinating account of how 'bottom-up political change' occurs. The Politics of Common Sense is especially valuable because it theorizes the messy, contested terrain of discourse as a vital site of political activity."--Ella Myers, Theory & Event'