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Soc 133 Lecture 3 14/01/2008 18:02:00 Collective Behavior Processes 7 soc influence process Rumor o T. Shibutani: Rumor as improvised news” o Types of Rumor o Conditions under which rumor leads to CB N. Smelser’s model Rumor  generalized belief  CB Processes leading to “emergent norm” o Milling  o Keynoting o Risky shift o Symbolization  Early research on rumor was dominated by psychology Individuals start and spread rumors to fulfill psychological needs They use to cope with feelings of uncertainty, anger, suspicion and hope Each individual will add or subtract information according to their needs Is a process of distortion Shibutani emerge in social situations o Culture provides inadequate guidelines, rumor prevails o Is improvised news that is constructed outside of normal institutional  channels o “rumor mill” or conventional communication means
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Unformatted text preview: o level of distortion is related to the nature of the social situation o more likely to take place in a situation that is uncertain and threatening • Collective problem solving to alleviate uncertainty • As the demand of information exceeds the supply, people will do anything they can to find out what’s going on • People has less opportunity to tell the truth • People have little or no access to information in a disaster ← ← Types of Rumors • Disaster rumor o Spreads about a disaster or consequences of a disaster • Atrocity rumor o Different sides accuse each other of atrocities • Conspiracy rumor • Rumors turn into urban legends ← ← Rumor doesn’t always lead to collective behavior ← 14/01/2008 18:02:00 ← 14/01/2008 18:02:00 ←...
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  • Spring '08
  • Jepson
  • Psychology, Rumor, Neil Smelser, N. Smelser

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