Social Movements. Basic Concepts. Business. Book update Book report assignment (distributed, explained) Web update Username: SMStudent Password: SocMove These are CASE Sensitive!! Correct exam dates: March 10, April 28. Choosing Sides, Choosing Theory.
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If you understand what movements are the touch-points for a line of theory, and how the theorists stood with respect to them, you will understand the core of the theory
Our goal is to treat movements as even-handedly as possible in our theory, use the same theories for all movements, or be able to explain theoretically why they differ
This does NOT mean we give up our capacity to form political or moral judgments about right and wrong
Discuss examples? Borderline cases? We don’t study ONLY protest.
Preferences for social change
Actions oriented toward goal
Collective Actions not by Organizations
Social movements overlap with other elements of society
We don’t worry about drawing boundaries, but about understanding the phenomenon
Some typologies of movements
All movements have elements of all three, but vary in the mix.
The basic questions about movements
Why are there social movements?
How are there social movements?
We will be discussing all these different issues!