Lecture Notes (3-12-09) - Social Movements and Social...

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Social Movements and Social Change What is a social movement? “An organized attempt to further a common interest or secure a common goal through collective action outside the sphere of established institutions.” (Giddens, Duneier, Appelbaum) Clip: documentary film “Farmingville” David Aberle’s classification of social movements—4 types: Transformative: far-reaching and cataclysmic change Reformative: altering only some aspects of the social order Redemptive: rescuing people from behaviors that are corruptive Alternative: securing partial change in individuals Breaking it down further: We might think of David Aberle’s classification of social movements in two segments: Transformative or reformative movements—seeks change at the societal levels Redemptive and alternative movements create change for an individual Bottom line: There’s no just one kind of social movement—differ in scale and goals—can be societal or individual in scope Why do social movements occur?
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  • Fall '09
  • JULIEALBRIGHT
  • Sociology, Social movement, Charles Tilly—Social Movements

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