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Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 251
Professor
David York
Semester
Winter

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Pols 251 1 th Jan 30 2013 Charles Kurzman (The Iranian Revolution) Discussion Questions 1. What is of central importance to Kurzman’s thesis regarding the study of the Iranian Revolution? In other words, what differentiates his approach from the others that we have studied to date? • Why social movements come about? • Objective ------------------ subjective ** important ** the “open door” didn’t exist • Structure ------------------- agency • (Blumberg  objective/given “doors open”) • (gay rights  agency [stonewall]) We should focus on agency - Macro – Blumberg (changing economics, feature of cotton industry) - Meso – Women’s Movement (organizational networks, gay rights) - Micro – Gay Rights (brothers and sisters) New Social Movement Theory - Cultural components - What happens between individuals 2. The concept of “cognitive liberation” is a central one to the study. Explain what it means and gauge its relevance to Kurzman’s study. • The “ahhah” moment • Perception • Recognition of different scenarios • Pols 251 2
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