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93953-0205648541_ch08 - The Struggle For Democracy Chapter...

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Unformatted text preview: The Struggle For Democracy Chapter 8: Social Movements 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! 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 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 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 Factors That Encourage The Creation of Social Movements Mostly structural in nature...
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93953-0205648541_ch08 - The Struggle For Democracy Chapter...

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