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Sociology 3422 Week 1

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Social Movements Notes Week 1, January 12th and 14th 2016
Social Movements
Wade Cole
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Sociology 3422 Social Movements




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Date Created: 01/18/16
Social Movements – Introducing the Sociology of Social Movements January 12, 2016 and January 14, 2016  Class Options o Campus-based “social movement”  No Presentations for this one  Apply course concepts then make an impact on campus community  Write a paper (6-8) pages in length analyzing your efforts using the theories, concepts, and readings from the course. o Community Activism Project  Identify a problem and track down organizations or groups working on BOTH SIDES of the problem or issue for a comprehensive view o Conventional Research Project  Analyze a social movement of your choice that is NOT already covered in this course. It must make use of comparisons in some way  Compare your movement with another in the same country. Including any we cover in class  Compare similar movements in two different countries, OR  Compare different iterations of your movement at two or more points in time. o Option #2 and #3  Prepare presentation that is 10 – 12 minutes in length  Last two weeks of the semester  Most use visual aids of some sort  Must submit copies of visual aids, research or field notes, and presentation script or notes  C. Wright Mills o Sociological Imagination  Connecting your experiences with what is happening in the community  The life of an individual and the history of a community cannot exist individually  Links society to individuals  Karl Marx “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.”  You do not choose the society that you are born into and that society shapes who you are what you do and what you think.  Social movements is the study of how society shapes individuals and how individuals shape society  Troubles and Issues o Troubles belong to individuals o Issues belong to society o Unemployment  Questions for Next Time o What are “social movements”? How are they defined? o Who do you think is most likely to participate in movements? o Why are movements necessary in democratic societies?  What are social movements? o Undefined amount of time that they span over o Collective  Group action  Institutional (lobbying, litigating, voting, etc.) and extra-institutional (protests, riots, marches, etc.)  Identities or beliefs o Orientation toward change o Some degree of  Organization  Temporal continuity  What type of change do we want to see? Based on the scales and scope of change that are wanted o Alternative (Mothers Against Drunk Driving); Redemptive (Covenant House); Reformative (Slow Food); Revolutionary (Underground)  Who (attends) protests? o Liberals or Conservatives o High school grad or college grad o White, Hispanic, Asian or Black o Urban or Rural o High income or low income o Single or married o Old or young o Union member or non-union member  Who Protested? Occupy Wall Street, May 1, 2012 o NCY residents gray and OWS protesters red  What motivates people to be interested in high risk & cost activism? o They are most often motivated by deep routed personal convictions. o Interpersonal networks: Do they already have contact with activists? (VERY IMPORTANT) o Prior Activism: Lower cost lower risk that brings interest in more high risk high cost activism o Personal Constraints: How available are they to helping a cause? Do they need to have a job or need to take care of a family?  After these steps you become increasingly integrated, you are more ideologically socialized to the movement, and you construct your identity as an activist.  Follow through with individuals going to Mississippi to register African American voters  o Everyone who applied were deeply connected to the cause, but they were  Why are movements necessary? o Governments are structured in ways that give way to movements in different societies o o Our government was created in order to deter the majority from imposing their will on the minority  The problem with this is that it leads (obviously) to fighting, but in our system we have two main political parties that fight constantly with each other.   Filtered and fragmented democracy o This is supposed to create a way for more checks and supposed to help the people have a voice  Convergence Theory o Rioting breaks out after sports matches; people who have convergent interests come together and act collectively  Contagion Theory o People tend to do the same things as those around them. People like to be a part of something bigger than they are so they do what everyone else is doing. Peer pressure o Crowds have a hypnotic effect on people. When you are part of a group you become somewhat invisible or anonymous and people don’t point you out. People are sheep and they follow the group o Protest events: Someone in the group starts chanting and then the group starts chanting also.  Emergent Norm Theory o Sometimes leaders or keynoters emerge (trendsetters). These people don’t always lead the movement, but they start it and may influence others to do what they have done also


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