SOCIOL 1 Lecture 18: Social Change and Collective Behavior
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Core Questions for Movement Analysis
❖ Broad focus on how ideas, individuals, events, and organizations are linked
➢ Relationships between structural change and patterns of social conflict
➢ Role of cultural representations
■ How problems are identified
■ How sense of commonality develops
➢ What are the processes through which ideas are turned into collective action?
■ What are the risks and what are the roles of identities in explaining movements?
➢ How do certain contexts affect a movement’s chance of success?
■ What explains intensity of movement and tactics used?
❖ Social Change: shifts in the characteristics of society
❖ Collective Action: two or more persons engaged in behavior judged common or concerted on one
or more dimensions
➢ Spatial Frame: where it occurs
➢ Temporal Duration: how long it lasts
➢ Scale: how large or small the activity is
Social Movement Characteristics
❖ Social Movement: collective activity expressing concern about an activity mean to benefit a
large category of people
Social Movements and Networks
❖ Social Movement Community: all actors who share and advance the goals of a movement
Social Movements and Collective Identity
❖ Collective Identity: “Shared definition of a group [based on] common interests, experiences, and
solidarity constructed through interaction” -Taylor and Whittier
❖ Used to mobilize and inform behavior
❖ Provides rules of behavior
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