Progressive and Conservative Campus Activism

Table of Contents

    Executive Summary
    I. Introduction
         Definitions
         Why Focus on Campuses?
         Historical Background
         What Is Campus Activism?
         Using Social Movement Theory
         Our Approach
    II. Findings
         1. On every campus small numbers of students are energetically
             engaged in activist work.
         2. Conservative and progressive students approach activism differently.
         3. Political mentors are absent from campus.
         4. Students are responding to issues of race, gender, and sexual
             orientation as they perceive them on campus.
         5. Debate is unpopular on campus.
         6. Using resources, mentors and incentives, national political
             organizations successfully influence campus groups.
         7. A 'leadership pipeline' exists on both the Left and the Right.
         8. Centrist students are not actively recruited by either
             conservatives or progressives
    III. Conclusions and Recommendations for Further Study
    IV. Appendices
         A. A Review of Literature on Campus Activism
         B. Sample Interview Guides and Questionnaires
         C. Methodology
    V. End Notes
    VI. Resource Directories
    VII. Bibliography

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