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Oss0212, Social Movements, Sociology
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Education Standards (1)

Examine theories of social movements

Module Overview

OER Text material

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.

Section 1: 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.