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Notes from first - What is a social movement Definition of a social movement Ordinary people who exert collective power against states or other

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What is a social movement?
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Definition of a social movement: Ordinary people who exert collective power against states or other authorities (for example, corporations), in ways that fundamentally challenge existing authorities and ideologies Ideological conflict
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Movement activists work to remedy injustices related to economic, racial, gender or other inequities.
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Social movement constituents are populations experiencing some form of injustice and others willing to speak out against injustice For example, abolitionists included Blacks as well as Whites who felt slavery was wrong and actively worked to end it. This is called “solidarity.”
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Sociologists reserve the term “social movement” for those movements based on grass roots social networks and resonant collective action frames , that develop the capacity to maintain sustained challenges against powerful opponents. What does “grass roots” mean? What are “resonant collective action frames”?
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social movement activists are called “challenger groups” by sociologists because they often try to change status quo/dominant (hegemonic) policies, values, attitudes, world views
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Crucial vehicles of political expression for citizens of a democratic society. In the US, we are guaranteed the
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course JOURNALISM 335 taught by Professor Marchi during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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Notes from first - What is a social movement Definition of a social movement Ordinary people who exert collective power against states or other

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