SOCIAL MOVEMENTS STUDENT COPY

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS STUDENT COPY - Social Movements SOCI 200...

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Social Movements SOCI 200 Spring 2007
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Collective Behavior Socially shared, non-routine responses to events, things or ideas Is different from everyday life Doesn’t follow usual norms Large number of people May not know each other Clothing fashion Protesting a new law
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Functionalist Perspective See collective behavior as disrupting usual social order People have left their usual roles Don’t have consensus So can’t be good On other hand, provides a collection action so can result in pride (good) Can serve as a “safety-valve: (good)
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Theories Social Strain Theory Power Perspective
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Crowds Temporary collection of people who are influenced by events Usually short lived Loosely structured Loose boundaries
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Crowds Blumer: 4 Kinds of Crowds: Casual: Conventional: Expressive: Excited Crowd
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Mobs Focused on one particular target. Contagion spreads through the crowd Convergence occurs New emergent norms Rational choice theory clicks in People weight risks/benefits May be arrested May get what you want
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2010 for the course SOCI 200m taught by Professor Albright during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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SOCIAL MOVEMENTS STUDENT COPY - Social Movements SOCI 200...

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