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The lesbian and gay movements [electronic resource] : assimilation or liberation /
Craig A. Rimmerman.
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2008.
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xiii, 201 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0813340543, 9780813340548
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2008.
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0813340543
9780813340548
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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List of illustrations -- Preface -- 1. Introduction to the core dilemma -- 2. The assimilationist and liberationist strategies in historical context -- The birth of the homophile movement and the foundations for contemporary politics -- The Stonewall rebellion and beyond -- The 1970s and the challenge of the Christian right -- Conclusion -- 3. The conflict over HIV/AIDS policy -- Aids in historical context -- Conclusion -- 4. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" : policy perspectives on the military ban -- Military integration in historical context -- The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" debate and policy -- The response of the lesbian and gay movements to Clinton's compromise -- How the Clinton administration might have avoided compromise -- Flaws in the lesbian and gay movements' political strategies -- Implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy -- The case for the military ban -- The case against the military ban -- Conclusion -- 5. Jilted at the altar : the debate over same-sex marriage -- Same-sex marriage in historical context -- The implications of the marriage debate for the lesbian and gay movements -- The case for same-sex marriage -- The case against same-sex marriage -- Conclusion -- 6. The movements' futures -- The assimilationist and liberationist strategies revisited -- Coalition politics -- Barriers to building coalitions -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1. AIDS timeline -- Appendix 2. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law -- Appendix 3. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Christian right organizations -- Discussion questions -- Glossary -- Notes -- References -- Index.
catalogue key
7974324
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-183) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Craig A. Rimmerman is professor of public policy studies and political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he holds the Joseph P. DiGangi endowed chair in the social sciences
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-09-01:
Rimmerman (political science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges) does an excellent job of examining LGBT issues by focusing on three major concerns: HIV/AIDS, military policy, and same-sex marriage. He discusses each issue in light of the two prevailing strategies in the movement--assimilation and liberation--and lays a historical foundation focusing on the political pressures resulting in the current policies. The book breaks down important legal battles to make them easily accessible. Rimmerman provides discussion questions for each chapter, making it easy to engage students with an in-class exchange or writing assignment. This book may be a useful resource for professors interested in introducing social movement issues into their politics course. It can be read in its entirety, or chapters can be used individually when highlighting a particular issue. Students may find this a useful resource to obtain a concise, thorough background on major LGBT issues and modern US political history in general. A great addition to the reading list of most US politics collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General and undergraduate libraries. T. S. Ching Seattle University
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"Throughout their relatively short history, the lesbian and gay movements in the United States have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. This n"
Main Description
Throughout their relatively short history, the lesbian and gay movements in the United States have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. This new book explores this dilemma in both contemporary and historical contexts, describing the sources of these conflicts, to what extent the conflicts have been resolved, and how they might be resolved in future. The text also tackles the challenging issue of what constitutes movement "effectiveness" and how "effective" the assimilationist and liberationist strategies have been in three contentious policy arenas: the military ban, same-sex marriage, and AIDS. Considerable attention is devoted to how policy elites-most notably Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; Congress; and the Supreme Court-have responded to the movements' grievances. The book examines the George W. Bush presidency with an eye to assessing how political opportunities have informed the broader lesbian and gay movements' strategies, and also details the response of the Christian Right to the movements' various assimilationist and liberationist strategies.
Main Description
Throughout their relatively short history, the lesbian and gay movements in the United States have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. This new book explores this dilemma in both contemporary and historical contexts, describing the sources of these conflicts, to what extent the conflicts have been resolved, and how they might be resolved in future. The text also tackles the challenging issue of what constitutes movement "effectiveness" and how "effective" the assimilationist and liberationist strategies have been in three contentious policy arenas: the military ban, same-sex marriage, and AIDS. Considerable attention is devoted to how policy elites--most notably Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; Congress; and the Supreme Court--have responded to the movements' grievances. The book examines the George W. Bush presidency with an eye to assessing how political opportunities have informed the broader lesbian and gay movements' strategies, and also details the response of the Christian Right to the movements' various assimilationist and liberationist strategies. A Choice Oustanding Academic Title 2008
Main Description
Throughout their relatively short history, the lesbian and gay movements in the United States have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. This new book explores this dilemma in both contemporary and historical contexts, describing the sources of these conflicts, to what extent the conflicts have been resolved, and how they might be resolved in future. The text also tackles the challenging issue of what constitutes movement "effectiveness" and how "effective" the assimilationist and liberationist strategies have been in three contentious policy arenas: the military ban, same-sex marriage, and AIDS. Considerable attention is devoted to how policy elites-most notably Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; Congress; and the Supreme Court-have responded to the movements' grievances. The book examines the George W. Bush presidency with an eye to assessing how political opportunities have informed the broader lesbian and gay movements' strategies, and also details the response of the Christian Right to the movements' various assimilationist and liberationist strategies. A Choice Oustanding Academic Title 2008
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Throughout their relatively short history, the lesbian and gay movements in the US have endured searing conflicts over whether to embrace assimilationist or liberationist strategies. This new book explores this dilemma in both contemporary and historical contexts. In doing so, it describes the sources of these conflicts, to what extent the con'flicts have been resolved, and how they might be resolved in the future.This text also tackles the challenging issue of what constitutes movement "effectiveness" and how "effective" the assimilationist and liberationist strategies have been in three contentious policy arenas: the military ban, same-sex marriage and AIDS. Considerable attention is devoted to how policy elites -most notably Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton; Congress; and the Supreme Court -have responded to the movements' grievances. The book examines the George W Bush presidency with an eye to assessing how political opportunities have informed the broader lesbian and gay movements' strategies, and also details the response of the Christian Right to the movements' various assimilationist and liberationist strategies.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction to the Core Dilemmap. 1
The Assimilationist and Liberationist Strategies in Historical Contextp. 11
The Birth of the Homophile Movement and the Foundations for Contemporary Politicsp. 15
The Stonewall Rebellion and Beyondp. 20
The 1970s and the Challenge of the Christian Rightp. 25
Conclusionp. 28
The Conflict Over HIV/AIDS Policyp. 31
AIDS in Historical Contextp. 35
Conclusionp. 62
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Policy Perspectives on the Military Banp. 65
Military Integration in Historical Contextp. 68
The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Debate and Policyp. 74
The Response of the Lesbian and Gay Movements to Clinton's Compromisep. 80
How the Clinton Administration Might Have Avoided Compromisep. 81
Flaws in the Lesbian and Gay Movements' Political Strategiesp. 83
Implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policyp. 86
The Case for the Military Banp. 89
The Case Against the Military Banp. 93
Conclusionp. 96
Jilted at the Altar: The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriagep. 97
Same-Sex Marriage in Historical Contextp. 100
The Implications of the Marriage Debate for the Lesbian and Gay Movementsp. 116
The Case for Same-Sex Marriagep. 119
The Case Against Same-Sex Marriagep. 123
Conclusionp. 127
The Movements' Futuresp. 129
The Assimilationist and Liberationist Strategies Revisitedp. 133
Coalition Politicsp. 138
Barriers to Building Coalitionsp. 146
Conclusionp. 148
AIDS Timelinep. 149
The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Lawp. 155
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Christian Right Organizationsp. 159
Discussion Questionsp. 163
Glossaryp. 167
Notesp. 173
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 185
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