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Professor's book revisits 60s activism

News Release — 3 June 2009


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ARLINGTON - Forty years after student activists spawned an era of social change, a book by Professor Ben Agger of The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Sociology explores the voices of the movement leaders.

Ben Agger and book cover"The Sixties at 40: Leaders and Activists Remember and Look Forward," is based on recent interviews with those activists. Published by Paradigm Publishers, the book has a release date of Aug. 3, and can be purchased at

Many of those interviewed for the book remain activists today, but time and experience has allowed them to transcend nostalgia and form more realistic perspectives on the past, present and how they foresee the future, the author said.

One of the interviews is with Students for Democratic Society (SDS) founder, author and former California State Senator Tom Hayden, who commented, "I was not governed completely by ideology. I was governed by experience ... and my experiences were contradictory."

Agger is the author of many previous on media and critical theory, including "Postponing the Postmodern: Sociological Practices, Selves, and Theories" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002) and "Fast Families, Virtual Children," published by Paradigm.



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