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Building Popular Power By John L. Hammond

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Portugal's 1974 military coup brought down the longest established fascist regime in the history of the world at that time. This book describes the days of workplace and community takeovers, of how people worked for and embodied a new model of revolution based on popular power.

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Building Popular Power: Workers' and Neighborhood Movements in the Portuguese Revolution by John L. Hammond

Portugal's 1974 military coup brought down the longest established fascist regime in the history of the world and the only remaining colonial empire, and set loose a tremendous political upsurge by ordinary Portuguese citizens. People who had never discussed politics above a whisper shouted and debated their dreams. As they seized control of factories and neighborhoods, they took control of their lives. In Building Popular Power, John L. Hammond describes those extraordinary days of workplace and community takeovers. He tells the story of how people called for, worked for, and embodied a new model of revolution based on popular power. Although their bid for revolutionary change was turned back and many of their initiatives strangled, their efforts and achievements made popular participation central to the attempt to construct socialism.

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"A first-class account of one of the most neglected revolutions of recent times.... A meticulous analysis of the process of popular mobilization and political radicalization."--D.L. Raby, Science and Society

"Of particular value in this analysis of neighborhood movements, worker control, and land occupations is Hammond's perspective on the relationship between consciousness and collective action."--Rick Fantasia, Contemporary Sociology

"By focusing attention on the worker and neighborhood movements mobilizing the mass of the Portuguese citizenry for the first time in Portuguese history, Hammond captures the essence of the radical phase of the revolution.... Much of what is dealt with in Hammond's book concerns social history many would like to forget. Yet this is a story, a body of experience, that is extraordinarily rich and important."--Lawrence S. Graham, Social Science Quarterly

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GOR010720589
Building Popular Power: Workers' and Neighborhood Movements in the Portuguese Revolution by John L. Hammond
John L. Hammond
Used - Good
Paperback
Monthly Review Press,U.S.
1989-05-18
301
0853457417
9780853457411
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.