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Lecture 18

SOCIOL 1 Lecture 18: Social Change and Collective Behavior

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Molly Jacobs

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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?
Collective Action
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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