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Burning Down the House:

Race, Politics, the Media and the Burning of Black Churches in the U.S., 1996-2001

- Doug McAdam, Stanford University -

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 7- 9 PM
Oakland University (Rochester, MI)
Oakland Center Banquet Room B

You are invited to a presentation by Professor Doug McAdam, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University.
In this talk Professor McAdam will examine the role of the media, the history of lynchings and the presence of hate groups in more than 1,000 church burnings between 1996 and 2001.

This event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the lecture, there will be a breakfast opportunity for students, in the Oakland Room on October 7, 9-10 AM.


Doug McAdam


Professor Doug McAdam is a prominent social movement scholar and author of numerous journal articles and such books as Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970 and Freedom Summer. He is also director of Urban Studies at Stanford University.

In his research, Prof. McAdam has chronicled the U.S. civil rights movement and currently examines the intersection of race, activism and religion in the arson of black churches.




Books by Doug McAdam (available at Kresge Library)

Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, Book coverPolitical Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c1982.

Freedom Summer. New York: Oxford University Press, c1988.Freedom Summer book cover

Dynamics of Contention, Book coverDynamics of Contention. (with Sydney Tarrow and Charles Tilly). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Recent articles by Doug McAdam*

McAdam, Doug. "Methods for Measuring Mechanisms of Contention." Qualitative Sociology 31.4 (Dec. 2008): 307-331.

McAdam, Doug, Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow. "Progressive Polemics: Reflections on Four Stimulating Commentaries." Qualitative Sociology 31.4 (Dec. 2008): 361-367.

Doug McAdam, "Legacies of anti-Americanism : a sociological perspective." In Anti-americanisms in World Politics, eds. Peter J. Katzenstein and Robert O. Keohane. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. 251-272.

Sampson, Robert J., Doug McAdam, Heather McIndoe, Simon Weffer-Elizondo. "Civil Society Reconsidered: The Durable Nature and Community Structure of Collective Civic Action." American Journal of Sociology 111.3 (Nov. 2005): 673-714.

McAdam, Doug, and Yang Su. "The War at Home: Antiwar Protests and Congressional Voting, 1965-1973." American Sociological Review 67.5 (Oct. 2002): 696-721.

McAdam, Doug and Sidney Tarrow. "Nonviolence as Contentious Interaction." PS, Political Science and Politics 33.2 (June 2000): 149-154.


Other papers

“Toward a Social Psychology of Social Movements.” In New Explorations in Political Psychology, ed. Jon Krosnick. New York: Taylor and Francis Books, 2008.

“From ‘Relevance’ to Irrelevance: The Curious Impact of the 1960s on Public Sociology.” in The ASA at 100, ed. Craig Calhoun. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.


*Access to full text resources from off campus is limited to current Oakland students, staff, and faculty.

"Religion and Society", CAS 2009-2010 Celebrating the Liberal Arts Theme

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Political Science, History, Communication & Journalism, Sociology & Anthropology, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Honors College.

Created on10/02/09 by Dominique Daniel / Last updated on 2/4/13 by Dominique Daniel
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