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The Struggle For Democracy Chapter 8:  Social Movements
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Critical Thinking Given that social movements are often  quite disruptive and are full of conflict  for the participants and for society, do  they do more harm than good?  Be  prepared to defend your answer!
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Critical Thinking Is American politics so dominated by  interest groups that social movements  are the only hope for preserving  democracy?  Again, be prepared to  defend your answer
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What Are Social Movements? Definition:    loosely organized  collections of people and institutions  who act outside established institutions  to promote or resist social change Significant role in the struggle for  democracy Political instruments of political outsiders Mass grassroots phenomena
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What Are Social Movements? Social movements Are populated by folks who share a sense  of grievance Tend to occur when a significant number of  people define their own problems in  general social terms Form when aggrieved people believe that  the government can be moved to action on  their behalf
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Factors That Encourage The  Creation of Social Movements Mostly structural in nature Social distress Resources for mobilization Supportive environment Sense of efficacy among participants Catalyst
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