By Herbert H. Haines
Outfitted on in-depth interviews with move leaders and the documents of key abolitionist firms, this paintings lines the fight opposed to capital punishment within the usa due to the fact 1972. Haines stories the criminal battles that ended in the short-lived suspension of the loss of life penalty and examines the next conservative flip within the courts that has compelled loss of life penalty rivals to count much less on litigation suggestions and extra on political motion. using social move idea, he diagnoses the motives of the anti-death penalty movement's lack of ability to mobilize common competition to executions, and he makes pointed innovations for bettering its effectiveness. For this version Haines has integrated a brand new Afterword during which he summarizes advancements within the flow considering the fact that 1994.
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Police chiefs were nearly unanimous in their condemnation of the Court's action. Gallup polls were soon reporting a sharp realignment of popular opinion in favor of capital punishment (Zimring and Hawkins 1986:39-40). The Road to Furman: 1965-1972 A decade earlier, anyone suggesting that the nation's highest court would ever render a judgment like Furman would not have been taken seriously. Debates 23 24 AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT over capital punishment had raged for two centuries in America, but they had taken place almost exclusively in political forums —in state legislatures and governors' offices.
Frame extension occurs when a movement stretches its diagnosis and prescription regarding a social problem, linking it to a popular set of beliefs in order to appeal to potential adherents. • Frame transformation is an action movement actors employ when they try to bring about a change of outlook among potential supporters to win them over to the movement's point of view as to the causes and cure of the problematic social condition. In other words, frame transformation requires the cultivation of new values that support what the movement is trying to accomplish.
Introduction 19 In order for a social movement to mobilize effectively, it is important that it package itself in a manner that appeals to potential supporters. It must resonate with beliefs that are held by those it hopes to win over—it must "push the right buttons," as it were. David Snow and his colleagues have suggested that the packaging of causes, which they call "frame alignment," takes four primary forms: • Frame bridging occurs when the movement's frame and that of a group of potential supporters are sufficiently congruent that the activists can win their support by merely pointing out the consistency.
Against Capital Punishment: The Anti-Death Penalty Movement in America, 1972-1994 by Herbert H. Haines