Notorious Support: The America First Committee and the Personalization of Policy

Gary Alan Fine*

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In pursuit of resources, most social movements attempt to recruit as many supporters as possible. Supporters translate into power, both financially and in providing bodies for collec tive action. Yet, adherents may have characteristics that can be used by opponents to typify and undercut the messages that the movement intends. Movements are thus faced with what Jasper (2004: 8) speaks of as an “extension dilemma, " tied to whether a movement chooses to have open or restricted boundaries. A trade-off exists between size and control over its public face. The reputation of a movement can taint its goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSticky Reputations
Subtitle of host publicationThe Politics of Collective Memory in Midcentury America
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781136485657
ISBN (Print)9780415894982
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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