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Soc_lec_15 - Lecture 15 – Does the Individual Really Make A Difference An Introduction to Social Change Social Change • Change in inherent part

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 15 – 5/18/2010 Does the Individual Really Make A Difference? An Introduction to Social Change Social Change • Change in inherent part of dynamic social order • Social conflict causes change - Soci al m o v e m e n t s • Str u c t ur al s hift s in e c o n o m y - Glob aliz a tio n • Tech n olo gic al d e v elo p m e n t s - Pac e of c h a n g e – r e si s t a n c e is fu tile? • Soci al c ult ur al tr e n d s - Lib er aliz a tio n of law s – m a r ri a g e • Dr a m a tic p olitic al c h a n g e s r ar ely e n d ur e • Rev olutio n s a n d r e s t or a tio n s • Pow e r of e s t a blis h e d w a y s • Cult ur e c h a n g e s slowly Pow e r • • • - of Individ u al s Pow e r b y d efinition is u n e v e nly di s trib u t e d So m e individ u al s h a v e m or e influ e n c e t h a n o t h e r s But e v e r y individ u al fa c e s p o w e rf ul forc e s t h a t m u s t b e r e ck o n e d wit h Ob a m a Co m pr o mi s e s Kind s • • • - of Soci al Ch a n g e For m al – le g al Co n s tit u tio n Ins tit u tio n al – s u b s t a n tiv e Ex a m pl e: Brow n v. Bo ar d of Ed u c a tio n th May 1 7, 5 6Anniversary Equ ality for wo m e n Soci al • • • • • • • • • Mov e m e n t s Wo m e n s’ m o v e m e n t Civil rig h t s m o v e m e n t Enviro n m e n t al m o v e m e n t G a y/l e s bi a n/ tr a n s g e n d e r/ bis e x u al m o v e m e n t s Allia n c e s a n d c o alitio n s Not u s u ally a s r a dic al a s a p p e a r Politic s b y o t h e r m e a n s Us e of law/c o ur t s Am e ric a n s wit h dis a biliti e s a c t D e m o n s t r a tio n s p a r t of o ur p olitic al c ult ur e How m o v e m e n t s m a t t e r • • • • • - Impact public at large Bring at tention to issues Impact government policies Impact divisions within government Powell vs. Rumsfeld State dept. vs. Defense dept. Impact on political institutions National council on disability Product safety com mission Impact on par ticipants themselves Individuals transfor med by activism Builds awareness and connections Back to individuals • Individuals can have the most impact within social organizations • Make a difference t hrough social m ove ments • Capacity to cause change depends on historical context - Current situation ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course SOC 001 taught by Professor Mermis-cava during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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