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soc 140 lec oct 30 - Soc 140 Lec Oct 30 2007 Types of...

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Soc 140 Lec. Oct. 30, 2007 Types of Political Activity - Voting  Social Movements - Problem of Non-Voting - Explanations of: - Hegemony is what makes it possible for exploitative relations of production to predominant. Involves the use of force and persuasion. - According to Gitlin, the mechanism the media uses to do this is the molding of news into the ritualized news story format. - Most people in the world have no direct relationship with politics/news, we’re reliant upon news media, this is how we relate to movements. - The media frames the world for us in ways that those who present the media decide and therefore it is very difficult to obtain a comprehensive sense of any movement of political phenomena unless we come into direct contact with it - Gitlin also argues that news reporting systematically frames news so that it is compatible with the main institutional relationships in society. - The news media has a symbiotic relationship with the corporate system as a whole in our society. Nonvoting – Piven and - As Piven and Cloward argued, unless an expansion of voting by the poorer sectors in our society takes place, the same poorer sectors will continue to bear the brunt of the society. o Social movements and voting are on a continuum with one another, they’re not on separate spots, they’re quite related and interrelated with one another, support and undermine one another. o Participation in opposition social movements is somewhat discredited as a form of political activity because is voting is presumable an option open to most people. o In addition, the electoral system tends to limit the goals of popular politics to the political alternatives offered by the dominant parties. In addition, where true electoral politics exists, they tend to absorb the political activism of people so that they tend to be less interested in other forms of political engagement such as participating in a social movement. Finally, the idea of popular rights associated with democratic electoral arrangements encourages the belief that change through
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