SOCIOLOGY 133 Midterm Exam Study Guide

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Midterm  Exam Study Guide/Sociology 133/Winter 2006 I. The study of collective behavior A. Emergent v. culturally defined behavior B. Ways in which collective behavior emerges in "institutional" social settings  C. Settings in which culture is indifferent, inadequate, or in dispute   E. Theoretical frameworks of collective behavior   1. Contagion Model (i.e., group mind, herd instinct) a) weakness: wrongly assumes complete mental unity of a crowd  so that individuals are helpless to resist the will of the crowd;  collective behavior is likened to an infectious disease b) better if conceived as “suggestibility” or “circular reaction”  (Blumer) 2. Convergence Model a) Crowds form on the basis of common interests/values/attitudes,  grievances/strains, or common social characteristics (i.e., class,  race,  gender, religion, etc).  b) weakness: wrongly assumes that collective behavior can be  explained by the common beliefs and/or social characteristics of  the crowd members; these similarities may explain why a crowd 
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