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You Can't Stop the Revolution

Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America

Andrea S. Boyles


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You Can’t Stop the Revolution is a vivid participant ethnography conducted from inside of Ferguson protests as the Black Lives Matter movement catapulted onto the global stage. Sociologist Andrea S. Boyles offers an everyday montage of protests, social ties, and empowerment that coalesced to safeguard black lives while igniting unprecedented twenty-first‑century resistance. Focusing on neighborhood crime prevention and contentious black citizen–police interactions in the context of preserving black lives, this book examines how black citizens work to combat disorder, crime, and police conflict. Boyles offers an insider’s analysis of cities like Ferguson, where a climate of indifference leaves black neighborhoods vulnerable to conflict, where black lives are seemingly expendable, and where black citizens are held responsible for their own oppression. You Can’t Stop the Revolution serves as a reminder that community empowerment is still possible in neighborhoods experiencing police brutality and interpersonal violence.

Praise For You Can't Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America

"Thank you, Dr. Andrea Boyles, for humanizing and acknowledging the 'boots-on-the-ground' community leaders and protesters who in 2014 so righteously organized and vigorously mobilized, fueling a contagious determination."
— Contemporary Sociology

"You Can’t Stop the Revolution breaks out of the well tread genre of books about police violence and Black Lives Matter and moves into a very provocative discussion of the nature of social order for oppressed communities."
— Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Boyles’ account of post-Ferguson provides context with meticulous detail. . . . This book could serve as supplemental material for a graduate-level research methods course or graduate seminar courses focused on race and crime." 
— Criminal Justice Review

 "One of the book’s many strengths is its engagement with the issue of policing. Boyles offers important insights into the relationship between Blacks and the police that are relevant outside of Ferguson."

— American Journal of Sociology

University of California Press, 9780520298330, 240pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

About the Author

Andrea S. Boyles is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Tulane University. She is a feminist, race scholar, and the author of Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort.