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Lecture 11

Lecture 11: Social Movements

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Carleton University
SOCI 1002
Tamy Superle

Lecture 11: Social Movements & Summary Sociology  Most people take the social world for granted and view their lives in personal terms  Our culture emphasizes individualism  We most often don’t consider the complex connection between our own lives and the larger, recurring patterns of the society in which we live  Sociology help us gain a better understanding of ourselves and our social worlds  Sociological imagination allows us to see the relationship between individual experiences and the larger society  Sociology helps us to see solutions to complex social problems What is Social Change?  Significant alteration of social structure and cultural patterns through time  Visible and sustained changes in behaviour patterns  Ever present throughout history  Necessary in an attempt to eliminate social inequality Social Movements  Collective attempts to change all or part of political or social order: o Coordinates voluntary actions of non-elite members of society o Offers a program for changing the distribution of social goods  At the heart of social movements lies a sense of injustice Social Justice  The movement towards a socially just world  Based on the concepts of human rights and equality  Movement towards eliminating economic, cultural, and social inequalities and oppression  Many, but not all, social movements are based on the idea of social justice Social Change: Struggle for Power  Marx proposed a
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