Lecture 10 - Collective Action and Social Movements the term"collective action is just a convenient general term for people acting together to

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1 Collective Action and Social Movements the term "collective action" is just a convenient general term for people acting together to accomplish some aim : it could be political in nature, but it could also be cultural or economic "social movements" are sustained efforts at change which typically include a number of social movement organizations
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2 Theoretical Approaches to Collective Action I. Collective Behavior Theories Collective behavior includes crowds, fads, fashions, social movements–all clumped together as the same type of behavior
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3 A. Mass Society Theory 1) breakdown of social institutions and organizations 2) irrationality of movements and movement participants empirical work has disproved this type of theory--people who join social movements are not disconnected, not psychologically irrational types
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4 B. Structural strain or grievance theories (Smelser in Textbook) 1) there is some kind of "structural strain" or disturbance in the environment (e.g., an
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2010 for the course SOC 0010 taught by Professor Nelson during the Spring '10 term at Pittsburgh.

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Lecture 10 - Collective Action and Social Movements the term"collective action is just a convenient general term for people acting together to

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