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The Organizational Transformation of Social Movements October 17 th th , 2011
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How do you effect social change? Fast Food Nation: the disorganized lose fast food restauranteurs employees potato farmers ranchers chicken growers … also, college students?
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The iron law of oligarchy (p. 305) organizations develop professionalized staff who become indispensable to proper functioning of the org. increasing divide develops between staff and members organization becomes about staff’s interests rather than members’ organization becomes “end in itself”; its goal is its own survival rather than the fulfillment of its mission
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There is validation for this within organizational theory Resource dependence: organizations are “effective”, not “efficient” Institutionalist theory: organizations live in uncertain worlds and do what won’t piss people off rather than what is “rational” Population ecology: organizations are afflicted with inertia
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Problem: S OCIAL C HANGE Resource dependence: organizations are too
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course SOC 110 taught by Professor Powers during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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