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Sociology
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SOC 100
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Fall

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Soc ­ Lecture 12/05/2013 Today… Social movements Power from below The power of sociological reflexivity Unit 5: Social Change Gradual Structural Change (US) Gradual Structural Change (Global) Making  Change (Social Movements) Making  Change (The Power of Sociological Reflexivity) Dramatic Social Change Periods of stable reproduction, rapid change, repeat “This is What Democracy Looks Like” (2000) Viewing Questions What is the WTO? Why was the anti­globalization movement protesting against it? World Trade  Organization. Protesting low labor wages, no safety laws, environmental damages. WTO is symbol of  cutting down trade barriers, etc. The protesters were trying to stop the meeting from taking place. What pre­existing social movements came together to protest in Seattle in 1999? What tactics/strategies did the protesters use? How did the news media portray the protesters? In what respects were the protests in Seattle successful? (Or unsuccessful?) Gained media attention, got  the word out. Sets an example – spur more movements. Built closer connections among people in the  movement. Meeting was postponed. Distracted the people in the meetings. Opened up criticism within the  meetings – 3  world delegates started to oppose and push for recognition. Social Movements Definition: A grassroots (bottom­up) movement that is organized around specific social, economic, political, or cultural  issues and that bring sustained challenges against powerful opponents – often the state. ­focused on specific issues ­not always successful ­aren’t necessarily just the individual acts but the broader repetitive acts these events are a part of ­some level of organization ­some kind of resources/funding ­framing of their message Power from Below (Piven) Politics: “The perennial contests over the allocations of material and cultural benefits that result directly or  indirectly from the actions of governments” (Piven, p.3) Power: “The ability of an actor to sway the actions of another actor or actors, even against resistance”  (Piven, p.3) Power resources: “The bases on which one actor is able to bend the will of others” (Piven, p.3) Power resources are stratified in society. Some have more than others. Research Question: “Why are people without what we usually call power resources able to win anything,  ever?” 
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