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Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes: Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups

Erika Effler


Why do people keep fighting for social causes in the face of consistent failure? Why do they risk their physical, emotional, and financial safety on behalf of strangers? How do these groups survive high turnover and emotional burnout? To explore these questions, the authors of this book undertook three years of ethnographic fieldwork with two groups: anti-death penalty activists STOP and the Catholic Workers, who strive to alleviate poverty. In both communities, members must contend with problems that range from the broad to the intimately personal. Adverse political conditions, internal confl ... More

Keywords: social causes, emotional burnout, poverty, political conditions, internal conflict, financial resources, recovering from failure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226188652
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226188676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erika Effler, author