102-24A Social Movements II

102-24A Social Movements II - that addresses the more...

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Transformative social movements, continued 1. Summary of last time 2. More about “relative deprivation” 3. Explaining transformative social movements—a 2 nd and more humanistic approach
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The explanation to date: Transformative movements tend to appear: In situations of cultural domination and severe social stress Where more “practical” responses have been exhausted or are not possible Where the people in question are being pushed out of the new social order
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More about the notion of relative deprivation: Deprivation can be imagined or manufactured as well as real Perhaps “grievances” would be a better term here than “deprivation”?
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Returning to our explanation to date…. A lot is left unexplained Consider a second explanatory approach
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Unformatted text preview: that addresses the more unusual aspects of transformative movements… • In many societies, “knowledge” comes from revelation and other divine sources as well as from intellectual discovery Thomas Aquinas • 1225-1274 • Catholic theologia • Distinguished between: – Superior knowledge (divine, sacred) – Inferior knowledge (secular, everyday) Such a distinction found in many societies… • A key point: people need both kinds of knowledge to make things “work” (e.g., a fishing expedition or a yam garden) • Let’s now apply this line of approach to cargo cults (one particular transformative social movement), with an eye on the more unusual aspects of such cults…. . HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYBODY!...
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