PAPERS 

[Book monograph] In Progress Charles Anthony Smith, Shawn Schulenberg, and Eric A. Baldwin "Politics on the Periphery: Political Activism of Sexual Minorities in Modern America.`` 

 

[Paper]  In Progress Eric A. Baldwin. "Relational Goods and Activism: Logical Modeling of Participation"

Existing models and theoretical explanations for political participation neglect relational goods. This paper establishes the pivotal role of relational goods in political participation with the premise that relational goods are a crucial variable in any collective action model. Building on relational goods theory and extant models of political participation, I present a formal model that incorporates relational goods and considers the variables that face citizens when deciding whether or not to become politically active.

 

[Paper] Under Review Eric A. Baldwin. “Does Anger Motivate Political Activism? Affect and Framing in an Activist Periodical"

My empirical analysis of the data reveals that contrary to traditional wisdom, affect, specifically anger, is not a relevant factor in intentional motivational framing. While examining affect in a periodical does not reveal the affective nature of protest events, it does reveal if and how affect was deployed through intentional framing in an attempt to achieve movement goals. To that end, I make the case that anger is present in politically and socially oriented articles in a movement periodical, but that anger is not used in calls to action and affect is an ephemeral and ubiquitous component of activist periodicals.

 

[Chapter] Forthcoming Charles Anthony Smith, Shawn Schulenberg, and Eric A. Baldwin. “The "B" Isn't Silent: Bisexual Communities and Political Activism,” New York: New York University Press, 2015. 

 Political science often gives short shrift to bisexual members of the LGBTQ community. Situated in a binomial distribution of sexuality – straight or not – research has often lumped bisexuals under the larger “not straight” umbrella. While contestations over social movement priorities and strategies between and among gay men, lesbians, trans persons, and queer persons over social movement priorities and strategies are well known and often studied, the “B” is treated as if it is silent. Movement priorities for the bisexual community have often been bracketed by little more than demands for acceptance from the other members of the LGBTQ community. Indeed, a conventional wisdom has developed that B’s are not politically active and glide between the full rights panoply of the straight world and the roster of demands for equality from the gay world. Here we present evidence of a politically active and astute bisexual community that is nested, not in the traditionally defined LGBTQ social movement, but rather in the Polyamory and BDSM communities. Using survey data and in depth open-ended questions, we find that self-described bisexuals comprise up to one-half of the polyamory community and perhaps as much as two-thirds of the BDSM community. These communities are politically aware and politically active, and the bisexuals within them have specific claims and strategic preferences.