Class Notes (835,600)
Canada (509,275)
Anthropology (1,586)
ANTA01H3 (417)
Mortenser (61)

convergance theory.docx

3 Pages
Unlock Document


Convergence Theory  theory assumes that when a collectively/large group of like-minded individuals come together, collective action is the most common outcome  individuals in a collectivity are behaving according to their own beliefs but do so with the protection of others behaving in the same manner  when applied to frustration-aggression theory, collective behaviour can explain why riots and racial violence occur  riots are civil disorders stemming from a social grievance, caused by a disorganized crowd exhibiting aggression, who may turn to acts of violence, vandalism, and destruction of property  example: when members of a collectivity may be part of the same social class, ethnicity, gender or age group, they’ll find it easy to act out because their frustrations are the same  when the collectivity gains momentum and popularity, sometimes its origins become unclear or distorted  sometimes the collectivity may degenerate into extreme violence (ex: Nazi Party’s hold over Germany, and the consequences of that collective behaviour led to the Holocaust) The Rational Decision Theory  theory assumes that people make rational decisions whether or not to participate in collective behaviour  the motivating factor is always based on self-interest  according to the theory, individuals have a specific number/percentage of other people who must already be engaged in the group before they will join  this number is the individual’s threshold—a level/point at which something would/wouldn’t happen (tipping point)  individual thresholds widely differ  individuals prefer to favour larger groups over smaller ones, and more organized groups over less organized ones  individuals are likely to participate in collective behaviour if the threshold and size/organization of the group is met  when individuals participate in a collective group, they don’t fell responsible since everyone else is taking part in the activity, causing many people to follow a group mentality  people enter collective behaviour carefully, and they consider all the possible consequences ahead of time  collective behaviour needs a person wit
More Less

Related notes for ANTA01H3

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.