Poor People’s Movement by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward is an important and controversial analysis of marginalization. It challenges our thinking on the potential within the resistance that can be formed by the oppressed in our society. Chapter four, “The civil right movement”, explains political and socioeconomic marginalization of the poor in the United States that might lead to political turmoil and formation of labour groups which stood up and strongly fought for fair treatment of workers.
It is clear from the authors’ explanations that some organizations formed theories that limited the emergence and of social movements. However, the strategic organization of workers into civil right movements in periods of massive unrest gave workers a ledge over the political class who had strongly opposed the move. The main economic factor that created a revolutionary mass was a sudden increase in hardship especially for the common citizens who were literally poor.