310LSpring2008Social Movements

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Social Movements
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Definition “loosely organized collections of people and groups who act over time, outside established institutions, to promote or resist social change.” [textbook page 222]
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Key topics from the textbook Definition of a social movement (SM) Key features of a SM Major SMs in US history Note the timeline on nonviolent civil rights movement SMs in a majoritarian democracy: roles Factors that encourage creation of SMs Tactics of SMs Why some succeed and others do not SMs and democracy [box on p. 238]
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Current examples of SMs (in addition to those in textbook) The anti-child labor movement The anti-sweatshop movement The fair trade movement
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“Fair Trade”: The case of coffee and the United States The situation 108,000,000 Americans drink coffee every day; 150 million are “coffee drinkers” At 2 cups a day, an American consumes production of 18 coffee trees in a year The U.S. consumes 2.3 billion lbs. a year— the most of any country Two US brands, Maxwell House (Kraft) and Folgers (Procter & Gamble) provide 56% of American coffee
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course M 302 taught by Professor Irwin during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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