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SOC 525: Social Movements

SOC 525: Social Movements

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SOC 525: Social Movements

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  1. SOC 525: Social Movements Motivational Theories of Collective Behavior and Collective Action

  2. Why Do People Act Socially? • Why do they join religious cults? • Why do they join churches? • Why do they read “women’s fashion” magazines? • Why do they play baseball? • Why do they go to demonstrations? • Why do they participate in social movements?

  3. Theories • Collective Choice • Instrumental rational • Value rational • Irrational: traditional or affective • Collective Behavior • Mass Society • Social disorganization • Frustration-aggression, etc. (Freud) • Emotional/affectual explanations

  4. More Inductive • Why do people play baseball? • Why do they join churches? • Why do they dress (or not)?

  5. Consider Weber on Social Action • Instrumental Rational • Value Rational • Affective • Habitual

  6. Organizational Problems • Why do people organize group behavior? • Why do people join organizations? • How do organizations attract members? • Consider Weber’s Legitimate Authorities • Legal-rational • Traditional • charismatic

  7. Levels of Analysis • Why do groups form from categories of individuals? Which categories? • Why do groups organize? Which groups? • Why are organizations institutionalized? Which organizations? • How? • So what?