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    Education Standards

    Identify types of social movements


    OER Text material

    Social Movements

    Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, 21.3.1
    This section defines social movements and describes reform, revolutionary, reform, political, reactionary movements, self-help, and religious movements.

    Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

    Social movements | Society and Culture | MCAT | Khan Academy (Video)

    The first part of this video aligns well with the text to explain social movements and identify types of social movements.

    “Telling Stories About Rosa Parks”  by Michael Schudson

    Contexts Vol. 11, Iss. 3, August 2012, pp. 22-27 (NOTE: Available via OhioLINK)

    This article addresses popular myths about Rosa Parks and her activism within the Civil Rights movement. This is a good article to use to discuss how a well-known figure and decision-making within this reformist movement. Abstract “Rosa Parks has usually been portrayed as a highly principled but non-political person, not the long-time civil rights activist that she was. Sociologist Michael Schudson finds several factors that account for this, including efforts of civil rights movement participants to deflect criticism of the movement as instigated by outside agitators; participants’ efforts to explain their own actions to themselves; and their efforts not to present themselves immodestly as morally superior.”

    “The Roots of Astroturfing” by Caroline W. Lee

    Contexts Vol. 9, Iss. 1, February 2010, pp. 73-75 (NOTE: Available via OhioLINK)

    This is a good source to use to discuss the definition of social movements. The article discusses the emergence of “astroturf” movements back to over 100 years ago, and details corporate involvement of Dixie in public health campaigns.


    Mapping Social Movements Through the 20th Century

    Description from site: “This project produces and displays free interactive maps showing the historical geography of dozens of social movements that have influenced American life and politics since the start of the 20th century, including radical movements, civil rights movements, labor movements, women's movements, and more.”