Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
In the Interest of OthersOrganizations and Social Activism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John S. Ahlquist and Margaret Levi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158563

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158563.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 04 April 2020

Provoking Preferences

Provoking Preferences

Chapter:
(p.155) Chapter 6 Provoking Preferences
Source:
In the Interest of Others
Author(s):

John S. Ahlquist

Margaret Levi

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158563.003.0006

This chapter argues that, while some people have specific and deeply held political commitments, most appear to hold only vague or ill-formed beliefs. People revise and act on them only when challenged to do so in particular contexts, and most have not had such an opportunity prior to joining the union. Presenting members with a specific demand to act jointly and coherently forces them to crystallize their preferences and generates information about their own political and industrial efficacy. The chapter presents interview and oral history evidence to document self-reported changes in political beliefs among the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Waterside Workers' Federation rank and file as a result of their union experiences.

Keywords:   political commitments, ill-formed beliefs, union, industrial efficacy, political beliefs, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Waterside Workers' Federation

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.