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University of Saskatchewan
Political Studies
POLS 251
David York

Post 251 January 21 2013 1 Ch. 3 The Women's Movement − maso-level, focuses on the organizational aspects of the early women's movement Three Central Propositions 1. “The need for a preexisting communications network or infrastructure with the social base of a movement is a primary requisite for “spontaneous” activity” [pg. 24] • how networks can lead to strategies and tactics • two groups unified came together given networks 1. Reform/NOW: older ladies, working women, established, white, middle-class, educated, professional, trained in traditional forms of political action, references point, hierarchical 2. Radicals: bring to bare, tie in, and hold the label. Not going through the typically route, not following the norms. To take on the institutions, the hierarchy. New strategies and tactics, there is an appropriate frame in place (who we are, how were organized, what we do), lacking structure, more horizontal, leaderless, • they compliment one another • each group brings skills and realities • key: these network structures are co-optable • a crisis galvanizes the networked into spontaneous action in a new direction 2. “Not just any communication network will do. It must be a network that is co-optable to the new ideas of the incipient movement. To be co-optable, it must be composed of like-minded people whose background, experiences, or location in the social structure make them receptive to the ideas of a specific new movement [pg. 25]” • both faced crisis, though it was different it was the same • both understood the problems women face • both had to experience the problem first hand, to make sense and define it collectively • master frame, a short term creation of it ◦ two groups were on the same page for at least the short term • co-optable: members have had common experience that predisposed them to be receptive to the particular new ideas of the
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