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  • Social Movements
  • Sociology
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    Education Standards

    Examine theories of social movements


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    Social Movements

    Introduction to Sociology 2e, OpenStax, 21.2.4. This section discusses the stages of a social movement, and other theoretical perspectives on social movements, including a more detailed discussion on framing than tends to be the case.  It also provides a limited introduction to new social movement theory.

    Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

    “The Art of Reframing Political Debates” by Charlotte Ryan and William A. Gamson

    Contexts Vol. 5, Iss. 1, February 2006, pp. 13-18 (NOTE: Available via OhioLINK)

    Abstract: “Activists cannot build political power simply by framing their message in ways that resonate with broader cultural values. To succeed, framing strategies must be integrated with broader movement-building efforts.”

    “From Ferguson to France” by Jean Beaman

    Contexts Vol. 14, Iss. 1, February 2015, pp. 65-67 (NOTE: Available via OhioLINK)

    Abstract: “Jean Beaman compares the conditions that led to 2005 uprisings in French banlieues and 2014 protests in cities across the U.S.”

    “The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter emerges: Social Activism on Twitter” by Monica Anderson and Paul Hitlin

    Pew Research Center: Internet & Technology, August 15, 2016

    Pew traces the emergence of #BlackLivesMatter, providing data about usage over time and the tone of usage.