THE VICTIM-ACTIVIST ROLE IN THE ANTI-DRUNK DRIVING MOVEMENT

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  • Frank J. Weed

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    1. University of Texas at Arlington
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*Direct all correspondence to: Frank J. Weed, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Box 19599, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019.

Abstract

Three statuses—individually harmed victim, bereaved victim, and general community activist (non-victim)—found among local chapter officers of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are analysed in terms of their impact on chapter leadership and operations. Victim and non-victim activists have the same general social background characteristics and level of community involvement, suggesting that they all come from a similar social base of potential activists. Victim-activists gain status and “experiential expertise’ that facilitate playing leadership roles and affect the emphasis they give the program goals of youth education and victim services in the local chapters.

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