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Lecture 23: Social Movements Social Movements Definition: "Sustained challenges to existing holders of power in the name of a wronged population" (C- B, p. 364) Tend to represent a 'wronged' group: women, LGBTQ, people of colour, aboriginals The activities of social movements draw attention to the wronged group and the way they've been wronged, and attempt to draw people to their cause. Five Main Elements - required for social movements: 1 Sustained challenge - there needs to be repeated action challenging those in power over time (must demonstrate commitment to affecting change) 2 Challenge power holders - make sure those in power know that they have to do something to accommodate those seeking change 3 Wronged population - social movements represent a wronged population but are also composed of conscious community who are those that support the social movement and the wronged population 4 Unauthorized action - need to engage in actions that disrupt daily routines (strikes, sit-ins, etc.) 5
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